Action Alert: April 4, 2018

The Office of Social Justice works with our Canadian partner, the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, to provide advocacy opportunities for Canadians.

Refugees have to repay travel loans?

We all want refugees to settle well in Canada—to learn one of our official languages, find jobs, become integrated into communities.

But did you know that Canada currently asks refugees to pay back the money that the government spent on their travel to Canada?

Having to repay these “travel loans” can make it difficult for newly resettled refugees to afford necessities and push refugees to find jobs before they’ve completed their language training. The government knows this—which is why it just stopped charging interest on the loans.

But for just 40 cents per Canadian, we could stop asking refugees to repay these loans entirely.

Ask your MP and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship to exempt refugees from travel loan repayment.