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About this website

This website is a key component in UNHCR's commitment to inform, engage and communicate with its many audiences. It is a work-in-progress, and we have plenty of ideas for the future. If you have a suggestion, if you find something that doesn't work, or even if you just want to say 'nice job', please let us know by sending an email to withyou@unhcr.ca. We can't promise to implement every suggestion we receive, but we do look forward to hearing from you. Other ways to contact us are listed below.

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UNHCR in Canada

UNHCR Canada is a Branch Office of The UN Refugee Agency. The office has five principal roles in Canada:


  • to monitor Canadian practice and policies to ensure that the rights of refugees and asylum seekers are protected;
  • to recognize and bolster the strong support received from the Government of Canada for UNHCR programs overseas, in both emergency and protracted refugee situations;
  • to work with the Canadian government and private sponsorship groups to respond to the needs of refugees around the world by helping to coordinate resettlement opportunities when appropriate;
  • to generate greater awareness of the plight of more than 19 million refugees and displaced people through active engagement with the Canadian public; and,
  • to encourage Canadians to make tax deductible financial contributions to support the work of The UN Refugee Agency in 125 countries worldwide.


There are many ways to make a financial contribution to The UN Refugee Agency. You can make a donation online or sign up for regular monthly giving.You may also make a lasting contribution by leaving a legacy gift to support UNHCR's work for refugees.



Contact Us


UNHCR can be contacted in Canada at:

UNHCR Branch Office for CANADA
Délégation du HCR pour le CANADA
280 Albert Street, Suite 401
Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1P 5G8

Tel. /Tél.: (613) 232-0909

Fax / Téléc.: (613) 230-1855

Email / Courriel: withyou@unhcr.ca


UNHCR Regional Legal Office
C/o Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
Complexe Guy Favreau, Suite 102, East Tower
200 Rene Levesque Blvd. West
Montreal, QC H2Z 1X4

Tel. /Tél.: (514) 496-1637
Fax / Téléc.: (514) 283-8086


UNHCR Regional Legal Office
C/o Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
74 Victoria St
Toronto, ON  M5C 3C7

Tel. /Tél.: (416) 954-1188

Fax / Téléc.: (416) 954 -5318

News Archives

Published news stories from the last six months on UNHCR's varied activities on behalf of uprooted people around the world that are of particular interest to our Canadian donors.



Activities and Resources

The Activities and Resources section aims to provide a consolidated view of major activities undertaken by UNHCR Canada.

Current Appeals

Links to stories from our most critical areas of concern, up-to-date information on the situations and information about how our Canadian donors can help.



How to Get Involved in Canada

Suggestions on how you can enlist your community to raise funds to support UNHCR’s work with refugees and other displaced people.


Useful Information

UNHCR Representation in Canada
(English) (PDF, 2 MB)

Représentation du HCR au Canada
(Français) (PDF, 2 MB)


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