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You or your group can sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada. As a sponsor, you provide financial and emotional support for the duration of the sponsorship. The following page will help you or your group from application to arrival of the refugees.

Sponsorship Tools

Providing timely protection for privately sponsored refugees – The Government of Canada is taking steps to reduce wait times and reduce the existing backlog of applications.

Private Sponsorship of Refugees Toolkit – Practical web-based resource to provide information about private refugee sponsorship to groups across Canada prepared by the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Refugee 613 – Sponsorship Resources and Information

Welcoming Syrian PSR – For applications received by March 31, 2016

Private Refugee Sponsorship – Settlement process infographic

Sponsor a Refugee – Government of Canada information and online tools

Sponsorship Frequently Asked Questions – Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

FAQ on Refugee Sponsorship – Downloadable printable FAQ from the Mennonite Central Committee

Sponsoring Syrian Refugees – Government of Canada information and online tools

Self-Assessment Tool for Sponsors – Assists new sponsors in gauging level of preparedness

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program – Government of Canada program designed to support Sponsorship Agreement Holders

Guide to Private Sponsorship – Government of Canada publication intended for Private Sponsors

List of Sponsorship Agreement Holders – Government of Canada official SAH list

Connecting Syrian Family members with sponsors – Help reunite members of the Syrian community in Canada with family members who are refugees but do not have the means to sponsor them.

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) – Guidelines for Confidentiality and Privacy – A one-page guideline for confidentiality and privacy of refugees

Information Bulletin – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – Privately Sponsored Refugee (PSR) Resettlement in Canada.

Information Bulletin – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Refugee Resettlement in Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program – Information for refugees

Sponsorship Disputes & Breakdowns – The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program provides information about how to resolve disagreements, misunderstandings or breakdowns in between sponsors and newcomers.

Resource Kit for Planning for Month 13 – The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program provides information about planning for the end of sponsorship.

Sponsorship Training

ISSofBC Privately Sponsored Syrian Refugees Training – (Part 1 of 3) ISSofBC has put together a 3 part training module for private sponsors; Part 1 focuses on responsibilities of private sponsors and settlement planning

PSR Program and Processes – Constituent Group Training Provided by Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

A networking event about Refugee Private Sponsorship – This event, hosted by the Metro Vancouver Refugee Response Team, will bring together individuals sponsoring, working and volunteering with refugees as well as those considering doing so.