Sponsor a Refugee

OUR APPROACH

Refugee sponsorship, at its best, is a relational investment in which sponsors work together to help displaced persons resettle into a local Canadian community. Assisting one family can have an impact for years to come, not only on those who have been sponsored, but also the whole community and future generations.

EMCC is privileged to partner with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) who are a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Canadian Government.

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IF YOU ARE A REFUGEE:

EMCC does not sponsor refugees directly. It is only through the request of our local churches that refugee sponsorship applications are processed through us. Many local churches belong to a denomination supporting the sponsorship process in the same way we do. The local church is the place to start looking.

Also keep in mind that the government likes to resettle refugees in the same area as other family members. If you have family in Canada, please reach out to local churches in their community.


IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO SPONSOR A REFUGEE:


Three Options:

1.  PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP OF REFUGEES (PSR)
A sponsoring group agrees to provide financial, social and emotional support for the refugees. This includes help for housing, clothing and food at a minimum of social assistance rates. Commitment is for one year, or less if the person becomes financially self-sufficient. Sponsors are able to identify a refugee of their own choice who meet certain criteria.

2.  BLENDED VISA OFFICE REFERRED (BVOR)
Refugees are appointed for the sponsoring group in collaboration with the governments and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Financial commitment for sponsorship is shared between the government of Canada and the sponsoring group. The Government of Canada will provide up to six months of income support, and the sponsoring group provides the rest of the funding as well as a year of social and emotional support for the refugees.

3.  JOINT ASSISTANCE SPONSORSHIP (JAS)
The sponsoring group agrees to work in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 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:.
          • trauma from violence or torture
          • medical disabilities
          • the effects of systemic discrimination or
          • a large number of family members
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 usually lasts 24, months and in some exceptional cases up to 36 months.

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We’d love to pursue this further with you! Please send us an email to begin a dialogue: refugeesponsorship@emcc.ca

If your group is not in a position to take on a sponsorship at this time but is interested in helping other sponsoring groups to meet the financial commitments required for sponsorship, consider making a donation to our REFUGEE FUND

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