Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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Overview of Sponsorship Responsibilities

Refugee sponsorship entails a number of moral, financial and legal responsibilities on the part of sponsors toward the sponsored refugees, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other parties such as Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs). Groups of Five, Community Sponsors and SAHs are all accountable to IRCC for the delivery and quality of their settlement and financial support as outlined in their respective settlement plans.

Financial Responsibilities

Sponsorship groups must provide financial support at least equal to the current RAP (Resettlement Assistance Program) rates in the community where the refugee will settle. Sponsors should always refer to the most recent RAP rates and IRCC FAQs on Post-Arrival Financial Support for current financial expectations.

Quality Assurance and Documentation

All sponsors should keep evidence of settlement support, including documentation such as receipts for transportation, rent, food, start-up or other costs. Such documentation may be requested by IRCC as part of its quality assurance program.

SAH Obligations

A SAH should monitor the activities of its Constituent Groups and co-sponsors to ensure that they fulfill their sponsorship responsibilities. IRCC is responsible for monitoring the SAH, its CGs and co-sponsors.

Two Areas of Responsibility

Broadly speaking, the responsibilities of a sponsoring group can be categorized into two areas: responsibilities that should be carried our before the arrival of refugees and responsibilities that should be implemented after the arrival of refugees.

Each of these areas requires the sponsoring group to carry out a set of actions or activities that result in positive sponsorship outcomes and experiences. Below are the main duties under these broad categories.

Pre-arrival Duties

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Post-arrival Duties

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All sponsors should partner with an IRCC-funded settlement agency for support in carrying out responsibilities. You can make an initial contact prior to the refugees’ arrival, and use the agency’s services once the newcomers arrive. Where there is no agency within a reasonable travel distance, look into the online services that some agencies provide.