Number of people served in 2020: 183

Every year thousands of refugees are resettled to Canada. Canada welcomes refugees and asylum seekers through both a government sponsored program and through private sponsorships. Canada is on target to admit more refugees than the United States in 2018. According to UNHCR, the resettlement admission target for Canada in 2018 is 27,000, which is more than those admitted to the U.S. 

JRS Programs in Canada

Jesuit Refugee Service Canada or JRS-Canada is an apostolate initiated jointly by the two Canadian Jesuit Provinces. JRS-Canada works with Canadian bishops and national organizations for the protection of refugees.  The office is responsible for circulating information regarding JRS and its international partners, particularly JRS in the Americas. JRS-Canada plays a significant role in the shaping of public opinion about the victims of forced displacement worldwide. It supports advocacy with the Canadian government on migration refugee issues by Jesuit works or JRS’ partners. 

The office opened in August 2015, under the direction of Norbert Piché.

See Our Work

JRS holds a refugee simulation with local community members. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Signs at the border of the United States and Canada, warning migrants to not cross illegally. (Jesuit Refugee Service)



JRS Canada Country Director:

Norbert Piché 

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