Ads Up Canada

Australians and Canadians working together in support of Manus and Nauru refugees

From Detention to Resettlement

Ads Up Canada works to provide an alternative pathway and durable solution to refugees who have been indefinitely detained by the Australian government on Manus (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru.

These persons sought asylum and safety in Australia but instead were detained for over 8 years in extremely poor conditions, most with no hope of resettlement.

From Uncertainty to Hope

Using Canada’s unique Private Sponsorship of Refugees program and in partnership with Operation #NotForgotten, our mission is to recruit, train and support hundreds of everyday Australian expats and Canadians who will welcome and support refugee newcomers.

Through our grassroots organizing skills and our standing as a federally incorporated Canadian charity, we are committed to helping Manus and Nauru refugees find a new home and safety in Canada.

Explore the Issues

Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania - December 28, 2009: A crowded boat is transporting refugees on Lake Tanganyika from the DR Congo into Tanzania.

Offshore Processing of Refugees

For two decades, Australia has subjected asylum seekers who arrive by boat without a valid visa to “third country processing” or “offshore processing”. This policy has endured through multiple governments and although billions of dollars have been spent, hundreds of refugees are still in limbo. Offshore detention is designed to be brutal; the evidence of poor conditions, abuse, harm and inadequate treatment suffered by those in detention is documented and clear.

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What is Operation #NotForgotten?

Operation #NotForgotten is a partnership between MOSAIC (a Sponsorship Agreement Holder based in Vancouver), Ads Up Canada and the Refugee Council of Australia, in cooperation with UNHCR Australia. Begun in 2019, it offers an alternative pathway and durable solution for refugees who have been indefinitely detained on PNG or Nauru as part of Australia’s offshore processing system since 2013.

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The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees program (PSR) is unique to Canada and gives Canadians the opportunity to play a meaningful role in the welcome and integration of refugees to Canada. There are 3 types of private sponsors in the PSR program along with government-funded organizations that train and support both sponsors and newcomers.

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Refugees & Newcomers

Finding Housing in Canada

When you first arrive in Canada, you will need to stay somewhere temporarily until you are able to find more permanent housing. This temporary housing might be in the home of a settlement team member. Your settlement team will work with you to find housing that is appropriate for your budget and is in a…

Getting a Driver’s License in Canada
Refugees & Newcomers

Getting a Driver’s License in Canada

Driving in Canada is regulated by provincial and territory governments, which means that you will be issued a driver’s license by the province or territory where you live. There is no driver’s license for all of Canada. If you reside in British Columbia, for example, you will obtain a driver’s license from British Columbia. If…