Government of New Brunswick
Client Eligibility

Clients must be at least 19 years of age. Clients under 19 years of age may be referred to Access and Assessment with Social Development.

Repatriation must be considered to be in the best interest of both the client and SD; and must be voluntary. Client must have explored all other resources, including family. The requested destination must be within Canada.

Social Development Canada is responsible for non-Canadian citizens who request repatriation. These clients may be provided with emergency assistance while awaiting repatriation.

One of the following situations must be present and must be confirmed before repatriation may be approved:

  • marriage break-up or
  • a report of family violence or
  • a medical problem preventing client from living in his/her current environment or
  • secured employment, preferably full-time and permanent in the requested destination or
  • any situation where repatriation is judged to be in the best interest of both the client and the Department.


Eligible Costs

Repatriation benefits include only the cost of transportation to the requested location using the most economical method. Depending on the client's situation, consideration may be given for food while traveling for a prolonged period of time, and/or for moving furniture. This must be looked at on an individual basis.



Consent To Release Confidential Information Form is required prior to any discussion regarding the client's case.

The following information is required to assess eligibility:

  • the reason for the client's request to relocate to that province and
  • the name, address, and telephone number of the contact person in the receiving province. Depending on the situation, this could be a family member, friend, or employer, and
  • any other pertinent information
  • confirmation from Access and Assessment with SD that no child protection order exists with regard to children in the Household being moved.

The case manager will communicate with the contact person to verify information given by the client. If for some reason the contact person is not willing to accept the client, the case manager will notify the client. If the client still wishes to relocate, the Department must decide if this is the best alternative.

The sending province is responsible for repatriation costs. Exceptions to this will be if the client's family is willing to cover the costs, or if the receiving province has requested repatriation.