HISTORY of the CRWC
World Vision Reception Centre was established in 1989 by its parent organization World Vision Canada. It was founded to welcome some of the 750 government-assisted refugees arriving in Toronto each year. For the first 10 years, the Centre partnered with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to provide temporary accommodation, essential services, orientation to life in Canada, and housing services to refugees fleeing war and political upheaval in such countries as Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Colombia.
In 2001, it transitioned from working with government-assisted refugees (GARS) to serving refugee claimants in partnership with the City of Toronto. Refugee claimants were the third highest category of homeless people on the cities’ streets.
In 2007, the Centre became an independent organization and was renamed Christie Refugee Welcome Centre.