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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 (now Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)) to support this initiative. In this project, basic furnishings, start-up costs and three months of income support are covered by CIC (now IRCC) 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.

On March 23, 2018 Government of Canada announced that they have renewed the cost-sharing agreement with Rainbow Refugee Society until March 31, 2020. As of April 1, additional funding of $100,000 will be made available to support refugees sponsored under the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Pilot.

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

To read the IRCC News Release announcing extension of the program on March 23, 2018, click here.