Review Sponsorship Responsibilities
Private sponsorship of refugees to Canada is considered a group activity. Private sponsors make a humanitarian commitment of their personal time, energy, and often their money to assist an individual or a family in need of resettlement.
Within the private sponsorship of refugees program in Canada, there are three different ways to form a sponsoring group:
When forming a sponsoring group it is important to keep in mind that In the PSR program, private sponsors are expected to provide financial support for all of the refugees’ basic expenses (including rent, food, transportation, etc.), usually for one year or until the refugees become self- sufficient, whichever comes first.
Sponsors are also responsible for providing settlement support to the refugees for one year. This entails supporting them throughout the entire settlement process, including helping the newcomers apply for necessary documents and services, find a doctor and dentist, open a bank account, learn how to use public transportation, enroll in English classes, find a job, and connect with a local settlement agency.
More details regarding the sponsorship responsibilities are provided in the resources below.
Key Links and Resources
This fact sheet provides a brief description of the different types of private sponsorship and how to form a group
Chapter 2 of the RSTP handbook describes what sponsorship is/is not, the different types of sponsors, forming a group and key responsibilities
This site on the RSTP websites provides an overview of key sponsorship responsibilities
This self-assessment tool provides sponsors with some useful tips to think about whenever they consider sponsoring a refugee/refugee family to ensure that the sponsored refugee will have a positive settlement experience in Canada
If you are a member of a Group of Five or are considering to form a Group of Five, then this Self-Assessment Tool will help you determine your and your group’s eligibility