The following immigration categories may qualify for income support and immediate essential services:
- CR1: Government-Assisted Refugee
- CR5: Government-Assisted Refugee
- RA5: Government-assisted member of Designated Humanitarian Asylum Class Country
- CRS: Privately sponsored refugee admitted to Canada under cost-sharing/blended initiatives are also eligible to receive prescribed RAP income support based on specific initiatives set out by the Department
Please note: If this is a special needs case, please view the eligibility chart on the benefit page.
Permanent residents admitted to Canada who were granted permanent residence under section 25.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) are also eligible to receive income support or RAP services. The approval of RAP funding for these persons is restricted to Directors General.
Permanent residents admitted to Canada, who were granted permanent residence under section 25.2 of IRPA as part of a group under public policy established by the Minister on unique and compelling humanitarian situations and where no other means of financial support is available are also eligible to receive income support or RAP services.
Temporary resident categories:
Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) arriving on temporary resident permits (e.g., urgent protection cases) are considered to be part of the Protected Permanent Residence Class and are eligible for RAP income support and services upon arrival in Canada.
Persons who are eligible recipients for the Resettlement Assistance Program do not apply for income support. They are selected overseas on the basis that such assistance will be provided to them in preparation for departure to Canada and upon arriving in Canada. A departmental official will verify the eligibility and identity of the individual.