What we do

We provide better access to a new start by reducing the stress, isolation, and other difficulties faced by newcomers. We achieve this by pairing newly arrived families with locals (Welcome Groups) and by helping them gather basic furniture and other essential items such as cookware and winter clothes.

Who we help

The families we help are asylum seekers, which means many of them have fled their country from fear of persecution, war, or other hardships. They usually arrive in Canada with very few belongings, and come here hoping to set up a new life.

We prioritize vulnerable families, specifically: single mothers with small children, pregnant women, families with several small children, and the disabled.

Most of the families we work with are referred to us by community organizations where they are given lodging when they first arrive in Canada.


“No organization I know of provides as much material support to asylum seekers at this crucial time as Welcome Collective.”

— Maryse Poisson, PRAIDA social worker

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