On 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.