A place of welcome, safety, and support for refugees

Located in the heart of downtown, Toronto just minutes from Christie/Bloor in the Annex, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) has provided emergency shelter and a warm welcome for refugee claimant families from all ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds for more than three decades.

Approximately 200 homeless refugee claimants arrive at CRWC each year. At CRWC they receive the care, support and assistance they need to pursue their refugee claim and to reconstruct and begin their new lives in Canada.



Number of families who lived at Christie in 2023

Kenya, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria

Top countries of origin

145 days, or 5 months

Average number of days that a family lived at Christie in 2023


Patients seen by Christie’s on-site health clinic (current and former Christie residents)


Number of babies born at Christie


Number of families reunified


Percentage of Christie residents who were children (0-17 yrs old)


Percentage of new families who were female-headed single parent families


Number of unaccompanied and separated children supported by the Centre for Refugee Children

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