Sponsorship Programs

Disclaimer:

Please note that as per IRPR regulations we do not accept funds/ or settlement funds
(monetary contribution for settlement of the refugees) from the refugees outside Canada
or after their arrival in Canada. We do appreciate volunteers and working co – sponsors
and thank you for your ongoing support and encourage you to continue to support us as
you always have.
Co-sponsor may contribute to the settlement of their family and friends sponsored
through no other form of payment other than a certified check or a money draft.
We will also verify close relationship of the co sponsor and refugee to ensure that no
financial transaction has taken place between the two parties.
The refugee that have no family or friends in Canada, note that we only have capacity to
sponsor no more than few families using funds CNIA’s budget. If you are an eligible
refugee in urgent need of help we suggest you contact UNHCR or we can put you on a
waiting list and try to locate a sponsor for you.

A message forms the board of CNIA

SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMS

Canada Newcomers & Immigration Association is proud to be an established non-profit organization that has sponsored over 3150 refugees, and helped newcomers settle in Canada to rebuild a new and prosperous life.

CNIA is a recognized association functioning as a CG to Canada’s Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH), and works closely with other private institutions and Constituent Groups (CGs) and co-sponsors to privately sponsor and resettle refugees.

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Below are the FAQs you’ll need to know in order to sponsor:

What is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)?

According to the Sponsorship Agreement between Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), a SAH is “a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada or any province thereof, that signs a Sponsorship Agreement with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.”

What is a Constituent Group (CG)?

A Constituent Ground (CG) is “a group authorized in writing by the SAH to act on its behalf in sponsoring refugees.”

What is a co-sponsor?

A co-sponsor is an individual or organization that partners with a SAH to share the responsibility for an undertaking. Often, co-sponsors are relatives or friends of refugees, who sponsor on a case-by-case basis.

How to sponsor?

Community Sponsors

Those who wish to sponsor refugee(s) living outside of Canada. A Community Sponsor may be:
▪ An organization,
▪ An association, or
▪ A corporation

The organization must agree to give emotional and financial support to the refugees for the full sponsorship period – usually one year. The principal applicant MUST already have refugee status. Having refugee status means that an authorized body has determined that an individual meets its refugee definition. This authorized body can either be United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the government of the country (i.e foreign state) where the asylum seeker is currently living.

A document proving recognized refugee status, that has been issued by the UNHCR or a foreign state, must accompany the refugee sponsorship application submitted to the Centralized Processing Office in Winnipeg.

Principal applicants without refugee status recognized by the UNHCR or a foreign state can only be sponsored by a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH).

 

Groups Of Five

A Group of five (G5) consists of five or more Canadian citizens, or permanent residents, who have arranged to sponsor a refugee living abroad to come to Canada. All of the group members must be at least 18 years of age and living in the area of settlement OR have representatives in the area where the refugee will settle.

The group must agree to give emotional and financial support to the refugee(s) for the full sponsorship period (usually one year).

The principal applicant MUST already have refugee status. Having refugee status means that an authorized body has determined that an individual meets its refugee definition. This authorized body can either be the UNHCR or the government of the country (i.e foreign state) where the asylum seeker is currently living.

A document proving recognized refugee status that has been issued, by the UNHCR or a foreign state, must accompany the refugee sponsorship application submitted to the Centralized Processing Office in Winnipeg.

Principal applicants without refugee status recognized by the UNHCR or a foreign state can only be sponsored by a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH).

Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program— Sponsoring Refugees with Special Needs

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) sometimes partners with organizations to resettle refugees with special needs. This program is called Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS).
Refugees with special needs may need more support than other refugees in order to settle in Canada. Special needs may arise due to:

  •  trauma from violence or torture,
  •  medical disabilities,
  •  the effects of systemic discrimination, or
  •  a large number of family members.

Under the JAS program, refugees receive support from the government and a private sponsor for up to 24 months, depending on the case. In a few cases, the private sponsor may provide support for up to 36 months.

These refugees get income support from the Government of Canada for food, shelter, clothing and basic household goods. They are also matched with a private sponsorship group. The sponsorship group helps refugees adjust to life in Canada by providing settlement help and emotional support.

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Please support our cause. By donating you can bring peace to hundreds of refugee families and give them a new life in Canada.

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