What are my rights as a refugee?

Coming to Ontario as a refugee can be a difficult and scary experience. You and your family may have a lot of questions and there are people that can help!

But first, you will need to know your rights and responsibilities as a refugee in your new home.

In Canada, there are different types of refugees. There are refugee claimants, government-assisted refugees and privately sponsored refugees.

As a Refugee, you can:

You must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

As a refugee, you cannot:

  • Vote or run for political office
  • Hold certain jobs that have a high-level security clearance requirement
  • Remain in Canada if you are convicted of a serious criminal offence and have been told to leave the country. You can lose your status as a refugee claimant if you are convicted of a serious crime. In that case, you may be deported.
  • Get OSAP to pay for your post-secondary education (this only applies to refugee claimants)

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