Groups of Five and Community Sponsors
The temporary public policy for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors interested in sponsoring a Syrian or Iraqi refugee in 2017 is closed. Learn more.
Learn more about Canada and the next steps in the application process. Select the refugee program that applies to you.
Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, you may be able to help sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada. Your role as a sponsor is to support the refugees for the length of the sponsorship. This includes help for housing, clothing and food, as well as social and emotional support.
Providing timely protection to privately sponsored refugees is a priority. Steps are being taken to reduce wait times and reduce the existing backlog of applications.
There are many ways to sponsor refugees.
Sponsorship Agreement Holders
Sponsorship agreement holders are groups that have signed agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees from abroad when they come to Canada.
Groups of Five
Groups of Five are five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18 who can sponsor one or more refugees to come to Canada to settle in their local community. A Group of Five can only sponsor an applicant who already has refugee status.
A Community Sponsor is an organization, association or corporation that can sponsor refugees to come to Canada. A Community Sponsor can only sponsor an applicant who already has refugee status.
Blended Visa Office-Referred Program
The Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program is a program where private sponsors and the Government of Canada work together to support a refugee. The United Nations Refugee Agency identifies the refugees that can be sponsored under this program.
Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program
Through the Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) Program, organizations partner with us to resettle refugees with special needs.
Are you in Quebec?
Quebec has its own process to sponsor refugees. For sponsors in Quebec, visit refugee sponsorship in Quebec.
Top questions about sponsoring a refugee
- Who is eligible for sponsorship under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program?
- Who decides if a refugee can be sponsored and resettled?
- What are the responsibilities of a sponsoring group?
- Will the refugee have to pay any costs?
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