Kinbrace Residents

Photo: Mark Janousek

Residents living at Kinbrace are people in Canada’s refugee protection system.

With a variety of apartment sizes, we accommodate single people and families. On average we host 12–15 residents at a time.

When people arrive in Canada and need a place to stay, they are referred to us through an established network of service providers in Metro Vancouver. When they arrive at Kinbrace, the new resident signs a simple short-term (3 month) lease agreement and is welcomed to their clean, self-contained apartment.

People seeking refugee protection can face extreme difficulties during the first weeks and months in Canada, including exploitation, poverty, anxiety, confusion and isolation. This is often in addition to the trauma or despair of previous life experiences that led them to flee their homes. Our community includes a team of dedicated staff, interns, and volunteers who offer orientation, accompaniment, and support.


Build Community

While we don’t support the exploitative, persecutory events that happen in countries, which lead people from all over the world to seek refugee protection in Canada, we marvel at how people from across the globe can suddenly be neighbours at Kinbrace. We have assisted people from 60 countries since 1998.