Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program – Information for refugees

Are you a privately sponsored refugee?

Here are answers to a few questions you may have about sponsorship and costs. (Available in six languages.)

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If you are a privately sponsored refugee (PSR), it means that a group of people in Canada has volunteered to help you adjust to life here. Your sponsorship group will:

  • help you find a place to live,
  • give you financial support,
  • give you social and emotional support, and
  • give you food and clothing.

They have agreed to support you for one year after you arrive or until you can support yourself, whichever comes first.

Your sponsor must support you. You do not need to pay your sponsor for the cost of helping you settle in Canada.

Quebec has its own process for sponsoring refugees. This means that the rules private sponsors in Quebec must follow are different from the rest of Canada. For sponsors in Quebec, visit refugee sponsorship in Quebec.

Questions? Find answers in the Help Centre.

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After you have submitted your application: get next steps

Once you and your sponsor have completed the application forms, your sponsor will send them to the correct office in Canada. We will review the sponsorship portion to make sure that your sponsor meets the criteria to support you.

Once we approve the sponsorship section of your file, we will send it overseas for further processing.

Note: No one should ask you for any money to cover the cost of your sponsorship. You do not have to pay for the processing of your application.

Prepare for arrival

Find out what you can expect when you arrive in Canada.

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