Community Sponsors – Sponsoring refugees

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.

Information for privately sponsored refugees

Some community organizations can sponsor refugees to come to Canada.

The organization must agree to give emotional and income support to the refugees for the full sponsorship period. This is usually one year.

Community Sponsors may only sponsor applicants who are recognized as refugees by either the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or a foreign state.

The principal applicant MUST already have refugee status. Having refugee status means that an authorized body has found that a person meets its refugee definition. This authorized body can either be the UNHCR or the government of the country (i.e., foreign state) where the refugee is now living.

You must include the document proving recognized refugee status with the refugee sponsorship application you submit.

1. Determine your eligibility

A Community Sponsor can be an organization, an association or a corporation. Find out more about eligibility.


Follow the steps to sponsor a refugee as a Community Sponsor.

3. Check processing times

Find out how long it will take us to process your application.

4. After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply to sponsor a 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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