Media Release November 25, 2015


The Council of the Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association (SAH Council) represents the organizations in Canada that sponsor refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

We are heartened by the Canadian Government’s emergency response to the Syrian refugee crisis announced on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. We appreciate that there are sound reasons for extending the timeframe for this bold and ambitious initiative to resettle large numbers of Syrian refugees. We are pleased to hear that private sponsors will be welcoming a large proportion of the Syrian refugees arriving by December 31 and, like government assisted refugees, will receive full IFH coverage and will not incur travel loans. This is a recognition of the significant and important role that the Canadian public plays in refugee resettlement, and in particular their outstanding response to the tragic situation of Syrian refugees. We understand that these private sponsorships are in addition to the commitment of the Government to bring 25,000 government assisted refugees to Canada by the end of 2016. Private sponsors are also concerned about refugee populations in the rest of the world and trust that their processing will not be delayed as a result and will also benefit from faster processing, full IFH, no travel loan, and all of the other benefits provided to Syrian refugees.

Brian Dyck, Chair
Aslam Daud
Tom Denton
Ellen Erickson
Paulette Johnson
Scott McLeod
Susan Nye-Brothers
Rebecca Walker