Funds now available for Canadians to sponsor refugees in 2019

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syrian refugees

Special initiative brings together sponsors & funders to resettle UNHCR referred refugees to Canada

Have you, or a group you belong to, ever wanted to sponsor a refugee family and help bring them to safety in Canada?

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub will be visiting Sault Ste. Marie to deliver an information session about the renewal of its successful refugee sponsorship program, called the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program.

The information session will be held at the Civic Center (Thompson Room) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and is open to anyone interested in the sponsorship to Canada of refugees identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Under this program, the UNHCR identifies refugees to come to Canada, and the Canadian government and sponsor groups share settlement costs. All refugees sponsored to Canada undergo rigorous security, legal and health checks. Once they arrive in Canada, they are welcomed and supported by their sponsor group for a minimum of one year.

In 2018, the fund supported 150 groups in 49 Canadian communities, who together sponsored over 650 refugees. Currently, there are over 1,000 spaces yet to be matched for arrival in 2019.

Qualifying Canadian groups can apply to have their portion of the settlement costs associated with sponsoring a refugee fully covered by the fund. Groups will remain responsible for securing funding or in-kind donations to cover start-up costs such as clothing and furniture.

In addition, for the first time, qualifying groups will be able to apply for funds to help with the administrative costs associated with supporting increased BVOR sponsorships.

The Local Immigration Partnership and The Refugee Hub encourage interested individuals to attend the education session to learn more about the sponsorship of refugees to Canada through the Blended Visa Office Referred program.