Determine your eligibility - Sponsorship Agreement Holders

To be eligible to become a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), your organization must be:

  • incorporated (a legally created organization), and
  • approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as a SAH and sign an agreement before you can apply to sponsor a refugee.

Generally, new SAH applicants have sponsorship experience and expect to sponsor multiple refugee cases each year. Applicant organizations must have personnel and finances available to ensure the settlement needs of the sponsored refugees are in place before their arrival.


  • can be a local, regional or national organization,
  • is responsible for managing the sponsorships under its agreement, and
  • must be in the community where the refugee or refugee family is expected to resettle.

You can also work with other groups in the community to sponsor refugees under your agreement. In doing so, you remain responsible for the emotional and financial support provided to the refugee(s). These groups are known as “Constituent Groups.”


A SAH can also partner with an individual or another organization. These are known as co-sponsors. The co-sponsor must agree to help the refugees settle in Canada. They share the responsibility for supporting the sponsored refugees.

Are you in Quebec?

Quebec has its own process to sponsor refugees. For sponsors in Quebec, visit refugee sponsorship in Quebec.


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