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Best Practices

The Best Practice Series attempts to document and share best and promising practices within the refugee sponsorship community in Canada. The practices are compiled and presented in the Best Practice Series.

bestprac1imgBest Practices Vol. I
Published 2009

The first publication of the best practices series is a collection of practices of various Sponsorship Agreement Holder organizations that are organized by theme with respect to handling case inquiries, case assessments, following the case, working with constituent groups and co-sponsors, settlement, and building capacity and fund-raising.


bestprac2imgBest Practices Vol. II – Building and Strenghtening Community Supports
Published 2012

In this volume, Sponsorship Agreement Holders, co-sponsors, constituent groups, a Group of Five and community partners across Canada share their insights, experiences and innovative approaches in the context of preparing and engaging constituents and local communities for the settlement of privately sponsored refugees. It includes 15 best or promising practice articles that aim to raise awareness, educate the public, engage community members, mobilize support and foster new partnerships in this broader context.

bestprac3imgBest Practices Vol. III – Sponsoring Visa Office-Referred (VOR) Cases
Published 2013

Volume 3 of the Best Practices Series focuses on sponsoring Visa Office-Referred (VOR) cases. It offers promising practices that were collected from various sponsoring groups across Canada that have previously sponsored VOR refugees. These stories address different aspects of this type of sponsorship, including some difficulties that may arise throughout the sponsorship process and offer helpful suggestions and tips to handle and overcome some of the challenging situations.

Best Prcatice IV - Knowledge-Sharing DocumentBest Practices Vol. IV – Sponsoring Agreement Holders working with Constituent Groups and Co-sponsors
Published 2015

In this knowledge-sharing document, the focus is on five key areas: 1) how SAHs find and authorize CGs and co-sponsors; 2) who completes the application forms; 3) the financial arrangements made between SAHs, CGs and co-sponsors; 4) the roles and responsibilities of each party in relation to the settlement support offered to the newcomers; and 5) some successes and challenges of working with CGs and co-sponsors.