Determine your eligibility – Community Sponsors

Community Sponsors are a group who sponsor refugees to come to Canada, such as:

  • an organization
  • an association
  • a corporation

The Community Sponsor does not have to be incorporated under federal or provincial law.

A Community Sponsor must commit to support the refugees for the length of the sponsorship. Sponsorships generally last for one year. You can find more information about costs in the Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

A Community Sponsor must be in the community where the refugees are expected to settle.


A Community Sponsor can partner with an individual or another organization. These are known as co-sponsors. The co-sponsor must agree to help the refugee settle. They must also share the responsibility for supporting the sponsored refugee.

Are you in Quebec?

Quebec has its own process to sponsor refugees. For sponsors in Quebec, visit refugee sponsorship in Quebec.


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