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Refugee Rights in Ontario is a website for front-line workers and advocates working with refugee claimants and others who have questions about their immigration or citizenship status, or who are looking for information on how to apply for refugee status in Canada.

This site provides service providers with useful information they can use to help clients find out:

  • what they need to know about making a claim for refugee protection in Canada, including tips on completing the Basis of Claim Form and how to prepare for the refugee protection hearing
  • what services and benefits they are able to access
  • where to get legal help and additional information.

The information on this website about refugee determination procedures applies to refugee claims started on or after December 15, 2012. Many of the rules about claims made before that date are different. People who made refugee claims before December 15, 2012 should get legal advice about their rights.

This area of law is changing rapidly and many details of the new refugee determination system were not clear at the time this information was produced.

We will be updating the information on this site regularly, so please check back.


This website is a project of CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario), a non-profit organization that develops practical legal rights information to help people who have low incomes or face other barriers, such as language or literacy, to understand and exercise their legal rights. Its core funding is provided by Legal Aid Ontario and the Department of Justice of Canada. It receives project funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. Visit CLEO's website for more information.

Last updated: Mar 6, 2013


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