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LGBTI Refugee Sponsorship Pilot Project

rrclogoOn March 14, 2011, the Government of Canada announced a blended refugee sponsorship initiative to encourage the sponsorship of refugees who are persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are interested to participate in this project have to contact the Rainbow Refugee Committee to find out more information and enter into a sponsorship arrangement.

As the official partner in this project, Rainbow Refugee Committee has received $100,000 in assistance from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to support this initiative. In this project, basic furnishings, start-up costs and three months of income support are covered by CIC through this funding. The monthly income support for the remaining 9 months of the sponsorship is provided by the sponsoring group.

The Rainbow Refugee Committee can also provide orientation services, accommodation, basic household items and food staples, clothing and on-going food needs for the duration of the sponsorship period.

The application forms for this refugee sponsorship initiative are the same as a regular private refugee sponsorship case. If you are interested in participating in this project, contact Rainbow Refugee to inquire about the partnership terms and to begin the process.

To read the CIC News Release announcing this initiative on March 24, 2011, click here.