To be eligible, each member of the group must:
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
- be at least 18 years old,
- live in the same community where the refugee is expected to settle, and
- agree to give settlement support for the length of the sponsorship (usually one year).
Your group must provide a settlement plan. You must prove that your group has the money to sponsor a refugee for one year. The amount of money needed will depend on how many refugees you sponsor. You can find out more about costs in the Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program has created a tool to help you find out if you are eligible to take part in the Groups of Five program.
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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