ISSofBC’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

ISSofBC’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) is funded by the Government of Canada – Immigrant, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This program provides supports for Government Assisted Refugees (GARs). This is the program Afghan refugees are arriving in Canada under.

RAP has two main components: income support and assistance for a range of immediate essential services. Immediate and essential services are delivered by ISSofBC in the Metro Vancouver region, generally within the first 4-6 weeks of a newcomer’s arrival in Canada. Activities include the following:

  • meeting newcomers at the airport or final destination in Canada
  • providing temporary accommodation
  • providing basic orientation to Canada, life skills training and financial orientation
  • assisting in finding permanent accommodation
  • referring to other settlement programs

RAP Program Key Forms and Activities – This info-sheet provides a list of key forms and activities undertaken within the first three weeks in the RAP program.

ISSofBC RAP Info-sheet – This info-sheet shows the timelines and key activities undertaken by ISSofBC’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) that supports newcomer Government Assisted Refugees (GARs)

Afghan Refugee Resettlement Updates – In this webinar hosted by ISSofBC’s BC Refugee Hub on September 29, 2021, speakers Kathy Sherrell (Director, ISSofBC Settlement Services) and Jennifer York (Division Manager, ISSofBC Settlement Services) provide details on the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), statistical updates on Afghan refugee arrivals to British Columbia and more. Download the webinar powerpoint presentation here.


ISSofBC Media Updates
    • September 8, 2021 – CBC Listen – Efforts to settle Afghan refugees in Metro Vancouver
    • September 8, 2021 – Vancouver Sun – ‘We are lucky’: First group of Afghan refugees touch down in Vancouver to start new lives
    • September 10, 2021 – Daily Hive News – BC has welcomed almost 100 Afghanistan refugees this week
    • September 10, 2021 – Globe and Mail – Afghan refugees anxious about those left behind
    • September 22, 2021 – Vancouver is Awesome – From Afghanistan to BC – How one family escaped the Taliban
    • September 23, 2021 – Vancouver Sun – Opinion: Daphne Bramham ‘Political Drano’ needed unclog Canada’s refugee system
    • October 5, 2021 – CBC Radio – The Current: How to help newly arrived Afghan families thrive