Now that you understand a little of what is involved and are familiar with the types of sponsorship available, we are glad you want to explore further.
In this next area, we anticipate and address the next questions you may have including sponsor group responsibilities, costs, more detailedprogram descriptions, and understanding the process.
The Associated Gospel Churches is awhich means that any of our AGC churches can become what IRCC refers to as a Constituent Group (CG) and submit an application to sponsor a refugee through the , or programs.
The AGC Refugee Sponsorship Initiative Co-directors will gladly answer your questions, address your concerns and work with you in your efforts to pursue refugee sponsorship. We will ensure sponsoring groups have the information and resources needed to "welcome the stranger" and become hands and feet of compassion in our world's refugee crisis today.
An AGC church may also elect to work with a co-sponsor - such as family members of a refugee, or another organization - to deliver the financial & settlement support required to carry through a successful sponsorship to its conclusion.
The Guide for Sponsorship Agreement Holders to privately sponsor refugees (IMM5413) is IRCC's guide to refugee sponsorship. This guide, available on-line or as a hard copy, provides information related to who can be sponsored and much more.
According to the 1951 Convention, a convention refugee is defined as any person who
As you consider whether you and others in your church could sponsor a refugee person or family, interested persons will:
There are two other sources of excellent information and material that are available to anyone interested in learning more about the Private Sponsorship of Refugees.
When a church signs a sponsorship agreement, it becomes jointly and severally or solidarily bound with the other signatories (the AGC as theand the co-sponsor if applicable) to perform the responsibilities that are detailed in the sponsorship agreement. The church becomes the official "Constituent Group (CG)" that will fulfill settlement obligations primarily through the members of their Core Team who are free to invite other volunteers to help with resettlement.
The CG, Core Team and co-sponsor (if applicable) are referred to as the "sponsors."
The responsibilities of the sponsors include:
The sponsoring group must show that they have sufficient financial resources at least equal to social assistance rates in the settlement community to support the sponsored refugees for the duration of the sponsorship period. For instance, if a group in the Toronto area plans to sponsor one person, the sponsorship costs will be not less than $16,500.