Determine your eligibility – Groups of five

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 assistance and support for the length of the sponsorship (usually one year).

The group must provide a settlement plan and prove that it 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 more information about costs in the Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program has created a tool to help you determine your eligibility to participate in the Groups of five program.

Sponsors in Quebec

Quebec has its own process for sponsoring refugees. Find more about refugee sponsorship in Quebec.

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