What are my rights as a refugee?

There are different types of refugees, but in general, they are eligible for public services like education and healthcare, but can't vote.

Who are refugees?

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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