What We Do

We provide housing and support services for refugees as they transition into life in Canada.


New Hope owns and operates a 13-unit apartment building in Surrey. It is designed to provide housing for families in their first 18 months in Canada. Residents come to us through three paths: Government Assisted Refugees (GAR), privately sponsored families, and refugee claimant families.
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Government Assisted Refugees (GAR)

Some families arrive in Canada because the government has recognized their need and invited them to restart their life here.

Privately Sponsored Families

Some families arrive in Canada because a local group has sponsored them. It may be a church, a community group, or even a “Group of Five” concerned Canadians. These reliable, committed groups undertake to support refugee families in their first year in Canada.
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Refugee Claimant Families

When a refugee family arrives at the Canadian border seeking safety, the government classifies them as claimants and gives them an opportunity to validate their claim through a court hearing. 

Settlement Help

Once housing has been taken care of, newcomers need help to settle into their Canadian life. We partner with local settlement agencies to assist our residents in areas such as:
  • Job Skill Acquisition
  • Medical/Dental Care
  • Transportation
  • Schooling for All
  • Culture Learning
  • Safe Living
  • Banking
  • Shopping
  • Recreation (and so much more)
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We partner with community agencies to help refugee families access resources they may need.


As a housing society first and foremost, we value the expertise that local organizations, capable volunteers and connected social agencies provide. We feel the best way to help our refugee families is to collaborate with these groups while we adhere to our mission as a housing society.


Our goal is to see our families move from uncertainty to confidence and independence. It is a bittersweet feeling when our families “graduate” to their own stable living situation; we celebrate their success but miss their valued presence. Though, as one family moves out, another family moving in is about to begin their journey.