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Rethinking refugee resettlement in Canada

We make it easy for Canadians to connect with refugees coming to Canada

Learn more about us

How can you help a refugee?

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Meet refugees who recently arrived in your community.

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Hire and refer refugees, helping them secure their first Canadian job.

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Host refugees in your home for their first month in Canada.

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Donate furniture or other items to help refugees with their first home.

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Edit a refugee's resume, offer career advice, and help build their network.

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Practice Language

Help refugees practice English or French via in-person or online chats.

Refugees fleeing conflict arrive in Canada and struggle to resettle.

As a Canadian, you can help.

Canadians are using Haven to meet refugees from Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Even helping in one small way can make a big difference.

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Iryna S. from Ukraine

I left Ukraine when the war began and came to Calgary with my daughter

My family is looking for a host for our first month

We would love to meet some locals and treat you to some Ukrainian food!

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Julia N. from Toronto

I want to help newcomers to Canada, just like my parents got help years ago!

Happy to review your resume and offer advice

My partner and I would be happy to have you over for lunch and hear your story

Haven makes it easy to know who and how to help.

Refugees post requests for help, and Canadians post offers to help. 

From there, you choose who you match with. If both sides agree, we exchange your contact info, and you will be able to meet either in-person or virtually. 

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ID Verification

We verify the identities of all users. For Canadian hosts, we require an easy-to-complete background check.

We work with a Canadian company, Certn, to complete ID and background checks.

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Flexible Commitment

Canadians are busy. On Haven, you only help as much as you can or want to. 
Even 30 minutes of your time is enough to help a refugee.
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Rewarding Work

Direct and personal help is fulfilling like nothing else. 
We think that helping a refugee will be one of the best philanthropic experiences you will ever have.

We're a team of Canadians with years of experience in resettlement.

We have sponsored refugees, been on the frontlines of refugee crises, managed resettlement from A to Z, and led refugee advocacy campaigns across Canada.

Haven Refugees Inc. (Haven) is a registered Canadian charity based in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Is Haven safe, both for refugees and Canadians?
    We verify the identity of every user that joins Haven - both Canadians and refugees. We work with our partner Certn, a Canada-based leader in ID verification, to make this possible. For Canadians that are interested in Advanced Offers, which are critical help but represent more risk for both parties - like hosting a refugee in their home, or helping tutor the children of refugees - Canadians will need to complete a background check. We also manage this through Certn.
  • I've never helped refugees before. Can I still help?
    Of course. Refugees are just like you, only they had to leave home because of conflict. Although its tough to put yourself in their shoes, its easy to imagine their needs once they get to Canada - a safe home, a meaningful job, a new group of friends and contacts. Refugees lose everything when they are forced to leave home. You can help, even if its just by meeting a refugee family and welcoming them to your community.
  • Is Haven a big time commitment for Canadians?
    Not at all! Haven is focused on specific tasks - when you match with a refugee, you are only supporting them for that task. Once you're done, there's no obligation to stay in-touch, although you're free to if both you and the refugee agree. We created Haven to enable anyone to get involved in supporting refugees - not just those who have the time, money and energy to become refugee sponsors. Don't think of Haven as a big commitment. Rather, its a flexible way to get involved in supporting refugees - however you want, whenever you can. Spending 30 minutes with a refugee is already enough to learn a refugee's story, better understand the challenges of refugees, and see what you can do to help.
  • What are the exact types of help I can offer?
    We've defined around 30 ways that you can help refugees, which we have split up across six categories: • Housing (e.g., help finding an apartment) • Employment (e.g., help a refugee find work, edit their resume) • Community (e.g., meet refugees, provide emotional support) • Household (e.g., donate used furniture, help with household needs) • Services (e.g., find mental health support, use government services) • Family (e.g., help parents with their children, tutor / provide child care) However, we know that Canadians are far more creative than we are - as you meet refugees and learn more about their needs, feel free to help however you think would be best!
  • How will I be able to get over any language barrier?
    Refugees coming to Canada have varying levels of English and French. All refugees will need to learn English and / or French as a first priority, so getting your help in learning and practicing one of Canada's official languages is a big help. However, in difficult situations, you can involve the Haven network. For example, if you match with a Ukrainian refugee who does not speak English, you can post on Haven asking for help with translation. From there, either another refugee or someone from the Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora can help. When all else fails, Google Translate isn't a bad option either 😁

Still wondering about something?

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