The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program provides that eligible sponsors may help refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada.
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program gives an opportunity to help sponsor refugees that fled from abroad and qualify to come to Canada. You can become a sponsor and support people in need for the length of the sponsorship agreement. It includes help for food, clothing, and housing, as well as emotional and social support.
There are various ways to sponsor refugees
- Sponsorship Agreement Holders. Those are groups that have signed agreements with the Canadian Government. They are willing to help and support refugees from abroad when they come to Canada.
- Groups of Five. Those are five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents (only over the age of 18) who can and are willing to sponsor one or more refugees. They help them to settle in their local community in Canada. Note that a Group of Five can only sponsor candidates with refugee status.
- Community Sponsors. It can be an association, corporation or organization that can sponsor refugees to come to Canada. They can also only sponsor candidates with refugee status.
- Blended Visa Office-Referred Program (BVOR). It is a program where the Government of Canada and private sponsors work together to support a refugee. The United Nations Refugee Agency identifies the refugees that can take part in this program.
- Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program partners with organizations to resettle refugees with special needs.
Quebec has peculiarities in the process of sponsoring refugees.