A poison pen letter has been circulating through e-mail and social media for several years now, which falsely claims that refugees receive significantly more income assistance than Canadian pensioners. Readers of the missive are invited to share the author’s outrage. But the provocative claims have been disproven by the Government of Canada and by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR).
For example, the Cholokian family will not receive any government assistance from Canada or from their new home province, British Columbia. They came to Canada as privately sponsored refugees. Mania, her spouse Asved, and their two sons arrived on December 31, 2015. The family fled Syria because of escalating violence and spent three years as refugees in Lebanon.
“Refugees come to Canada in different ways, but no matter the category, refugees receive very limited income assistance from the government,” states the CCR. So here are the facts: