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Refugees Receive Special Treatment and Add to the Tax Burden

Refugees receive special treatment and add to the tax burden (i.e. they don't pay taxes, the sponsorship they receive from IRCC are more than average Canadian wages)


 

Facts

  • In 2016, 100% of refugees who arrived in Simcoe County were privately sponsored.

    • 2016 Census, Target group profile of the population by immigration and citizenship status, Community Data Program (distributor).

  • In 2015, 62.4% of the total income of immigrants in Simcoe County came from employment. Private pensions, investments, and other market income accounted for an additional 20.1% of total income.
    • 2016 Census, Target group profile of the population by immigration and citizenship status, Community Data Program (distributor).
  • Non-status immigrants pay HST, property taxes, contribute to CPP, and may have social insurance numbers.
  • Under the Resettlement Assistance Program, the Government of Canada helps government-assisted refugees with essential services and income support once they are in Canada. The refugee receives this income support for up to one year or until they can support themselves, whichever comes first. Basic social assistance rates in each province help guide the amount of money refugees receive for shelter, food, and other basic needs.
  • On June 4, 1969, Canada signed the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees. Canada recognized its obligations for refugee protection not merely as a humanitarian gesture, but also a legal requirement as a signatory state. Canada's national obligation to ensure refugee resettlement is protected under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, c 27. 

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