Resettlement Assistance Program

The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) assists Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) when they first arrive in Canada by providing settlement support for up to one year. Through collaborative partnerships with other organizations, RAP helps GARs with immediate and essential services generally within four to six weeks of arrival in Canada. 

What Is the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)? 

The RAP program helps Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) settle in Canada. When GARs arrive, Regina Open Door Society's Settlement Workers meet them at the airport and take them to Reception House, a place of temporary accommodations. These refugees stay in a Reception House for a few weeks until they find permanent homes. The Settlement Workers also meet with the newcomers to assess their education, language and health needs. Once newcomers get permanent housing, RODS workers help newcomers learn how-to-live-in-Canada:

  • how to pay rent; how to get a bank account;
  • where to buy food; how to take the bus; how to get a doctor;
  • how to get their children registered for school; help register for the language assessment and connect with LINC;
  • refer them for the Needs and Assets Assessment and Referral (NAARS).   

It is the first phase of a newcomer's integration into Canadian society.


Refugees are people outside of their country of nationality and are afraid to return due to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons such as race, religion, membership in a social group or political opinion. Forced to flee out of fear for their lives, refugees often give up everything; home, belongings, family and country - for an uncertain future in a foreign land. When they arrive, the Regina Open Door Society helps them in the process of resettlement.

Services we offer
  • Reception at the airport and transportation to Reception House or Hotel  
  • Assistance with food and basic household needs  
  • Assessment of education, language and health needs  
  • Support with One Year Window application for the family left behind  
  • Help in finding permanent accommodation  
  • Information and orientation sessions and workshops  
  • Instruction on basic life skills  
  • Visits during the first year  
  • Introduction to service providers in the community  
  • Help with special needs, like interpretation and transportation