In January of 2019, sponsorship costs were updated to be calculated based on the specific community of settlement as well as family compostion. We all know that the cost of living is different for people living in Halifax compared to those living in Vancouver. These tables are only accurate for Toronto, but may be used as an estimate for other communities. To know the actual costs for your community, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsorship Costs (2021)

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.

In creating a budget with cost figures specific to family composition and community of settlement, your SAH will work with the Minimum Financial Support Calculator created by IRCC to arrive at the precise cost of sponsorships in your community. You can access that calculator here.

Sponsorship Cost Table Estimations
Family Size
12 Months of Income Support
Start-up Costs
Minimum Required
1 $13,370 $3,065 $16,435
2 $20,020 $4,565 $24,585
3 $20,680 $5,590 $26,270
4 $21,400 $7,000 $28,400
5 $22,500 $8,400 $30,900
6 $23,500 $9,570 $33,070
Additional member $1,550 $1,000 $2,550

A group should always take into account that the actual cost of the sponsorship will be higher than the amounts outlined in the sponsorship cost table. As a Sponsorship Agreement Holder, we always ask sponsors to include a contingency amount in budgets for unexpected expenses, as well as slightly higher monthly support than required by IRCC.

In calculating the overall budget, the sponsoring group can factor in any in-kind donations they have received (e.g. furniture or housing) which can reduce the overall sponsorship costs as well.

Sponsorship Costs Reduced by Gifts In Kind

A few factors may reduce the amount of financial support that the sponsoring group must provide. Examples of these factors may include in-kind donations and financial resources the sponsored refugee brings to Canada. 

Start-Up Costs and Allowable Deductions

Start-up costs will usually be provided as a combination of cash and donated items. In-kind donations include gently used furniture, clothing or household items provided at no cost to the newcomers. Only a certain percentage of the total value of in-kind donations can be subracted from the financial support that must be provided to the newcomers as start-up support.

Food Staples Allowance: Includes basic kitchen pantry food items such as flour, sugar, spices, tea, canned goods, grains, etc. 

  • 50% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations.

Basic Clothing: Includes jeans, shirts, sweaters, socks, shoes, etc.

  • 70% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations. That being the case, although some children's clothes may be suitable to give as donated items, sponsors are encouraged to give most of the allowance for a newcomer's initial basic wardrobe to them as cash. This will allow newcomers to choose the clothing they want and save sponsors collecting items that will only be re-donated later. This also provides an opportunity for sponsors to teach newcomers about shopping in Canada.

Winter Clothing: winter coat, winter boots, mittens, scarf, snow pants for children, etc. Depending when the family arrives, sponsors may need to provide some winter clothing for each family member at the airport. Sponsors will need to use their own judgment to determine whether it is better to shop with newcomers after arrival for winter clothing, or to collect good quality donated items beforehand.

  • 70% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations.

Basic Household Needs: Items include basic window coverings and common household products such as kitchen appliances, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, mats, fans, brooms, mops, detergents, cleansers, wastebaskets, etc. 

  • 50% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations.

Furniture: Items include beds frames, (not mattresses - they must be purchased new),  living room furniture, table, chairs, desks, lamps, rugs, TV, etc.

  • 70% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations.

Linens: Items include bathroom towels, kitchen towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. 

  • 100% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations.

School Start-Up Allowance: an allowance of $150/children or young adult between the ages of 4-21 attending school  to defray costs for school activity fees, gym clothing, etc. If newcomers arrive between September and May, sponsors are responsible to provide the school start-up allowance twice, as the settlement year will include 2 school years.

  • 50% can be subtracted from the financial support and provided as in-kind donations.
Monthly Support Deductions

If newcomers will be living with a party to the undertaking, then 100% of their shelter allowance and 50% of their basic needs allowance can be deducted from monthly financial support.

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