Providing emotional and mental preparation for your IRB hearing.

Refugee hearings are complex and intimidating resulting in many refugee claimants experiencing anxiety, fear, and emotional anguish. Matthew House has developed the innovative Refugee Hearing Program (RHP) to assist claimants to prepare for their hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

About Matthew House 

Matthew House is a nationally recognized leader in welcoming, assisting, and resettling newly arrived refugee claimants who would otherwise be homeless. In addition to our main reception house, we have three transition homes where particularly vulnerable residents, such as unaccompanied minors or single mothers, may stay and receive longer-term support.


Since opening in 1998, Matthew House has assisted over 1,500 refugee claimants from 100 nations to settle in Toronto.

Funding for the RHP
Thanks to a recent grant from the “Access to Justice” program of The Law Foundation of Ontario, the RHP has been expanded to benefit a larger number of refugee claimants in Toronto.
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"Dear Coordinator and team members of the Refugee Hearing Program, I am happy to tell you that my IRB decision is positive...I found and witnessed that my participation in the mock interview was extremely helpful. My hearing / interview practice and feedback I got from your team members had a strong impact on my actual hearing. It enabled me to succeed in answering all the questions successfully. Both the content and scene of your interview made me feel confident across each stage of my actual hearing process. Please keep up your hard work."


- RHP Participant, Claimant from Ethiopia



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