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UNHCR Canada



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

UNHCR works to ensure that everyone who has fled violence, war, disaster or persecution at home has the right to seek asylum and find refuge.

We  provide  shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.

The dream of most refugees is to return home. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees make this dream a reality. When refugees are unable to return home, we work to find solutions for them to rebuild their lives in another country. Since its formation by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950, UNHCR has helped millions of refugees and displaced persons and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Today, UNHCR’s committed staff of  over 18,000  people work in 137 countries protecting the lives of millions of refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, and finding solutions to help them build better futures.



Our Impact

For decades, UNHCR has faced crises in many countries. We’ve provided life-saving assistance to asylum-seekers, refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. For millions forced from home, UNHCR is there to help protect their rights and build better futures. Our work at UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, with the option to eventually integrate return home or resettle.

Who we help:

We help millions of men, women and children around the world who have been displaced by violence, conflict, and prosecution worldwide.

Where we work:

We work in 137 countries, with personnel based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices.

What we do:

Our teams work to help displaced people, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs and health. We also provide critical assistance during times of displacement, including water, sanitation, shelter, blankets, cash assistance, transportation, distribution of food and more.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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UN Refugee Agency is a qualified donee, as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Although we do not have a charitable registration number, UNHCR can issue tax receipts for donations received.

How your gift will be used

Children, women and men forced to flee their homes have made extraordinary efforts to survive. For as long as people are displaced, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will continue to answer the call to support millions of refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people—today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Including UNHCR in your Will (making a legacy gift) is a meaningful way to help shape the futures of displaced people and families. Recognizing the growing numbers of people forced to flee worldwide, your legacy gift can ensure your compassion continues beyond your own lifetime.

When disaster relief is needed, UNHCR sends emergency aid and our staff members to anywhere in the world. A gift in your Will to UNHCR means your generosity can provide vital services and supplies to those who need it urgently, wherever an emergency strikes.

Your compassion will live on in helping UNHCR to support refugees, asylum seekers and forcibly displaced communities.

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