Refugees are people who have fled their countries because of a well-founded fear of persecution. They are not able to return home.
A refugee is different from an immigrant. An immigrant is a person who chooses to settle permanently in another country. Refugees are forced to flee.
Understanding Refugee Protection
Who can sponsor refugees?
You can’t sponsor a refugee on your own. You must be part of one of the following groups in Canada:
Sponsorship agreement holders (SAH) sign agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees when they come to Canada
Constituent Groups are groups who work with SAHs to sponsor refugees under the SAH’s agreement
Groups of Five are groups of 5 or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents who sponsor refugees to settle in their communities
Community Sponsors are organizations, associations or corporations that sponsor refugees
Sponsor a refugee
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program lets private groups sponsor eligible refugees abroad. As the private sponsor, you’ll support a refugee for the sponsorship period, usually up to 1 year. The support you provide will include
Start-up costs, such as furniture and clothing
On-going monthly costs for basic necessities, including housing, food, and public transportation
Supporting refugees socially and emotionally
Sponsor a refugee with special needs
The Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) Program helps your group sponsor refugees with special needs
Only SAHs and their Constituent Groups are eligible to sponsor through the JAS program:
Sponsors must support refugees for up to 24 months
The Government of Canada provides financial assistance
Sponsor a refugee you know
You can sponsor a specific refugee or refugee family. The person your group wants to sponsor must be eligible under the PSR program.
If you choose to sponsor a refugee you know
The processing time may be longer than if you sponsor a refugee we’ve already reviewed
You won’t get financial assistance from the Government of Canada
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