Sponsor a Refugee

OUR REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP 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. The result of 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. They provide refugee sponsorship support to C&MA churches and partner denominations including: Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada, and Associated Gospel Church of Canada.

The C&MA assist sponsoring groups in their discernment process as they contemplate how best to welcome newcomers to Canada.  They can provide you with access to helpful training resources, guidance and supportive networking opportunities. You can confidently rest assured that you will have help throughout the process by drawing upon the vast experience of many sponsoring groups in Canada who have a rich and rewarding history of refugee sponsorship.

 

SPONSORSHIP LIMITATIONS:

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.

INITIAL INQUIRY INFORMATION DOCUMENTS:

To further assist you in determining whether or not to consideration supporting a refugee sponsorship, please take a look at these information documents:

  •  Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program by Citizenship and Immigration Canada explains Refugee Sponsorship at a glance: giving information related to who can be sponsored as well as the different types of sponsorship. This document will likely answer some of your initial questions and perhaps even raise some more, so please feel free to contact me again.
  • Overview of Sponsorship Responsibilities by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program document describes what a Sponsorship Agreement Holder is (C&MA in Canada), what a Constituency Group is (The Alliance Church), and co-sponsors (usually the local family members in Canada) and the general responsibilities associated with those commitments.
  • FAQs Guide for Constituency Groups considering Refugee Sponsorship — Information package for potential groups seeking more information includes FAQ’s about each private sponsorship type (PSR, BVOR, and JAS) also includes a budget guide which helps people to understand what the financial commitment would be for a PSR undertaking.  
  • Refugee Sponsorship—Managing Expectations Take some time out together to preview this video during their considerations

Contact refugeesponsorship@cmacan.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.

Opportunities for Sponsorship:

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.

PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP OF REFUGEES (PSR)

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.

BLENDED VISA OFFICE REFERRED (BVOR)

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.

JOINT ASSISTANCE SPONSORSHIP (JAS)

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:

  • 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 lasts from 24 months and in some cases up to 36 months.