Refugee Sponsorship

Refugee Sponsorship 2017-03-21T11:19:06+00:00

CRWC is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) working in partnership with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

As a SAH, CRWC can work with sponsoring groups to help complete and submit applications to sponsor refugees who are overseas. We have been receiving a very large number of enquiries about refugee sponsorship since the Syrian Crisis response in September 2015.  Allocation caps limit the number of sponsorships SAHs can do annually. However, with the number of global refugees increasing each year, CRWC is committed to supporting Canada’s efforts to resettle refugees.

Under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, sponsors are required to support the refugees both financially and with settlement assistance for 12 months after their arrival in Canada. We are providing the information below to help you understand the financial requirements of our sponsorship program.

For up-to-date information on sponsorships for 2017, please consult the ‘Additional Notes’ section below.

Mother and Daughter from Christie Refugee Welcome Centre

Sponsorship Arrangements

For the CRWC to submit a sponsorship the following financial arrangements are required:

Additional Notes on Sponsorship

CRWC cannot provide tax receipts for money raised by sponsoring groups. The sponsoring groups we work with maintain control of the money they raise for sponsorships.

Unfortunately, CRWC is not able to sponsor refugees overseas who do not have someone in Canada to support them, nor can CRWC make support arrangements for refugees overseas wanting to be sponsored.

2017 Sponsorships: Due to a reduction in sponsorship spaces, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre will only be able to work with existing partners in 2017 – that is, groups with whom we already have sponsorships underway. If you are hoping to sponsor someone who has been determined to be a refugee by the UNHCR or by the country of their current asylum, you can consider using the Group of Five or Community Sponsor programs. For more information on those programs, you may contact the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program:

Other helpful resources for understanding Refugee Sponsorship in Canada: