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FAQs on Post-Arrival Financial Support for the PSR Program [Updated August 20, 2018]


The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that resettled refugees receive adequate settlement and financial support upon arrival to Canada.

Effective January 1, 2018, the level of financial support that sponsoring groups are expected to provide to refugees sponsored under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program and the Blended Visa-Office Referred (BVOR) Program must be, at a minimum, equal to the current Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) rates in the community where the refugee will settle. The financial support must also comply with RAP policies on the provision of income support.

Financial support rules apply to refugees sponsored by:

  • Sponsorship Agreement Holders;
  • Groups of Five; and
  • Community Sponsors.

Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs), having already been financially assessed as part of the SAH application process, are not required to provide proof of financial support on a case-by-case basis when submitting new applications for sponsorship unless specifically requested by IRCC.

Sponsoring groups are welcome to contact IRCC if they have questions related to interpretation of financial guidelines and/or for assistance in resolving disputes by e-mailing

Please CLICK HERE to access the FAQs (last updated on August 20, 2018).