Welcoming Afghan refugees

The recent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan compelled thousands of people to flee their country.

In this context, the government of Canada established measures and special programs to welcome Afghan refugees This hyperlink will open in a new window.. If you have any questions or if you need assistance on this subject, you can write to at the following address: IRCC.SituationAfghanistan.IRCC@cic.gc.ca.

The Gouvernement du Québec is working in collaboration with the federal government to accelerate and facilitate the arrival of Afghan refugees in Québec. They are arriving as Québec government-assisted refugees.

The Gouvernement du Québec has committed to welcome a first cohort of 300 Afghan refugees and other cohorts could follow. 

Participating in the solidarity effort for Afghan refugees

If you wish to contribute to the welcoming efforts, by offering available housing or a job opportunity, for example, you may write to at the following email address: AideRefugiesafghans@mifi.gouv.qc.ca.

You can also make a donation to the Red Cross This hyperlink will open in a new window., which has established an Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.

Arrival of Afghan refugees in Canada

In the past few months, the refugees have mainly arrived in Toronto, where they:

  • are placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine;
  • must undergo two COVID-19 tests, in accordance with the measures established by Health Canada;
  • receive a first vaccine dose.

Partner organizations of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are coordinating the services offered during the stay at their port of entry.  Québec is involved very closely with them to offer information on Québec and facilitate the arrival of refugees in Québec.

Welcome and settlement of Afghan refugees in Québec

The Afghan refugees will be supported by a partner organization of the Gouvernement du Québec throughout their settlement and integration steps. 

To learn the details, go to the section Support during your settlement steps for Québec government-assisted refugees.

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Last update: February 24, 2022

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