Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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What Are Sponsors Not Allowed To Do?

Your sponsors are here to provide you with support. They are not allowed to:

  • Take any money from you before you arrive to pay for your sponsorship, including any fees, or money to pay for your living expenses in Canada (even if they say they will give it back to you)
  • Take any money from you after you arrive to repay them for sponsoring you (keeping in mind that they may ask you to use the money you brought with you to help pay for your own expenses)
  • Force you to work
  • Ask you to work for them for free
  • Force you to do anything you are not comfortable doing.

Sponsors have committed to volunteering to help you to adjust to life in Canada, and cannot expect or request anything in return.