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Refugee Protection

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

To speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about Refugee Protection book your consultation today.

The explanations and information provided herein are only general explanations, information and samples. You should not rely on this article as legal advice or as recommendations regarding what you should actually do. We recommend that you seek legal advice to help you understand and to assist you in the creation of your privacy policy.

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