Blended Visa Office-Referred Program: Who can apply to sponsor a refugee

Join or form a group to sponsor a refugee

You can’t sponsor a refugee on your own. You must be part of 1 of the following groups in Canada.

1. Sponsorship agreement holders

Sponsorship agreement holders (SAH) are organizations that signed an agreement with the Government of Canada to

  • sponsor refugees and
  • help them settle in their communities when they arrive in Canada

As a SAH, you can also work with other groups in the community to sponsor refugees under your agreement. These groups are called constituent groups.

2. Groups of Five

Groups of Five (G5) are groups of 5 or more individuals (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) who

  • sponsor refugees and
  • help them settle in their communities when they arrive in Canada

3. Community Sponsors

Community Sponsors are organizations, associations or corporations that

  • sponsor refugees and
  • help them settle in their communities when they arrive in Canada

How to find a group

Your responsibilities as a sponsor through BVOR

As a private sponsor, you’re responsible for

  • 6 months of financial support to cover monthly living costs like rent, food and utilities
  • one-time start-up cost of furniture, household items, clothing, utility installations and school start-up (if applicable)
  • 12 months of social, emotional and resettlement support for things like
    • finding a place to live
    • providing orientation to the new community
    • finding language training centers and places of worship

As part of the BVOR program, we provide the other 6 months of financial support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP).

Refugees coming to Canada through the BVOR program arrive as permanent residents. They get temporary health care benefits through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and are eligible for provincial or territorial health care coverage.

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