For families sponsored by OCRA, coming to Canada can be transformative.
There is an immediate improvement in housing, medical/dental care and nutrition. Children have an opportunity to resume school, which has often been interrupted by years of living as a refugee. For adults, there is the opportunity to learn English and obtain employment.
In addition, there is a clear path to citizenship, something not possible in most countries to which refugees flee.
But beyond improvement in material living standards and the conferral of legal status, refugees consistently say that what they value most is the feeling that they are safe, secure and welcome and that their children have opportunities to flourish.