Canada’s Initiative for Family Members Affected by the Crisis in Gaza

Lejia Feng Newcomer Information, Settlement News

In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, the Government of Canada has introduced new measures to support extended family members affected by the situation. Recently announced by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the new temporary resident pathway aims to offer a safe haven for Palestinians in Gaza who have family members in Canada.

Eligible Family Members: The initiative extends to spouses, common-law partners, children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents, along with their immediate family members.

Application Process: Once in Canada, eligible individuals can apply for a fee-exempt study permit or open work permit. This provides them with the means to support themselves during the ongoing crisis in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Health Coverage and Settlement Services: Approved applicants will have access to three months of health coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program upon arrival. Additionally, settlement services, including language training and support for integration into the labor market and local community, will be available.

Challenges in Movement: While Canada is actively working with regional partners to facilitate the exit of eligible family members from Gaza, the movement remains challenging due to entry and exit requirements imposed by various countries and actors in the region.

Admissibility Requirements: Applicants must meet all admissibility requirements, including biometrics, before approval to come to Canada.

Canada remains committed to supporting its citizens, permanent residents, and their eligible family members, recognizing the difficulties posed by the crisis in Gaza. The new measures aim to provide a temporary refuge for those directly impacted by the situation.

Learn more, please visit: