What benefits does the government provide?
- Wait periods and premiums for Medical Service Plan coverage are waived for all refugees health (MSP)
- Each refugee student in public school in B.C. is funded from the Province’s pupil funding formula.
- All refugees are able to access the Employment Program of BC
- In addition, refugees are eligible to receive:
- Child care subsidy
- Early childhood tax benefit – up to $55 per month per child under age 6
- Basic family bonus – up to $111 per child per month when combined with the National Child Benefit Supplement
- Student aid
In 2015, the B.C. government will provide nearly $1.7 million to engage cultural groups, promote multiculturalism and fight racism in B.C.
How much does the government help the refugees I am sponsoring?
Read common facts and myths about the system in Canada: http://ccrweb.ca/en/myths-facts
Tax Credits on donations towards refugee support
- Donations must be made to qualified organizations such as SAH or church (check before you donate)
- You must submit official donation receipts with your tax return, so, ask for them
- Your donation must not exceed 75% of your net income. But, any excess can be carried forward
- The tax credit will amount to about 40% of the amount you donated
How do we get their international cell phones working here?
Members of the St. Matthias & Friends constituent group have been researching options for providing cell phone service to the arriving refugees. The issue has come up whether it might be possible for refugees who arrive with cell phones to continue to use them. Information has been received that a company called Black Apple Cellular offers this service in Victoria, and may be the only company having the equipment to do so. This information has not yet been tested and is offered simply as a point for others to start their research should this be an issue.
How do we explain Christmas to Muslim refugees just arriving now?
Read some articles written by refugees who describe their experience: