We have had many inquiries recently from people seeking sponsorship. There are three critical limitations to keep in mind:
1. In the case of Private Sponsorships, the refugee family or friends of the refugee family must have a clear personal connection to members of the local sponsoring church.
2. Participating churches can only sponsor refugees who have been approved through federal government channels.
3. Our group of churches is given an allocation by the federal government, of the number of refugees we can process in a year. When that allocation number has been met, churches cannot sponsor additional refugees until the government assigns new allocation numbers.
To further assist you in determining whether or not to consideration supporting a refugee sponsorship, please take a look at these information documents:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and questions after considering the information presented about refugee sponsorship and how they can assist you and your church group with moving forward to undertake a sponsorship for a refugee family in need.
If your group decides that they are not in a position to take on a sponsorship at this time, but are interested in helping other sponsoring groups to meet the financial commitments required for sponsorship, you can learn more about making a donation to our REFUGEE FUND
We look forward to working with you in this educational journey to discover more about refugee sponsorship and, ultimately, working with your group to become sponsors of a family in need.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada currently offers three different opportunities for Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) or their Constituency Groups (CG) to sponsor refugees who are outside of their country of origin — having fled their homelands — to escape persecution, war or severe human rights abuses and are unable to return home.
As a constituency group (CG) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the sponsoring group agrees to provide financial, social and emotional support for the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship. This includes help for housing, clothing and food. Most sponsorships last for one year.
Refugees must qualify for entry under Canada's laws and must pass medical and security checks before they can come to Canada.
The Blended VOR Program was initiated as a three way partnership between UNHCR, The Government of Canada, and Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs). Canada hopes to match Iraqi, Iranian, Burmese, Eritrean and Bhutanese refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with interested sponsors through this program.
As a constituency group (CG) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the financial commitment for sponsorship is shared between the government of Canada and the sponsoring constituency group. The Government of Canada will provide up to six months of income support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) and the sponsoring group agrees to provide six months of financial support and up to a year of social and emotional support for the refugees.
The sponsoring group agrees to work in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to resettle refugees with special needs. Refugees with special needs may need more support than other refugees in order to settle in Canada. Special needs may arise due to:
These refugees receive income support from the Government of Canada for food, shelter, clothing and basic household goods. The sponsorship group helps refugees adjust to life in Canada by providing settlement help and emotional support. This sponsorship commitment lasts from 24 months and in some cases up to 36 months.