Who is responsible for organizing and paying for travel to Canada?
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organizes pre-arrival services and travel to Canada. Travel costs are covered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Immigration Loans Program (ILP), more specifically through the Transportation Loan. It means that IRCC will pay the costs directly to the IOM, but the money will be considered a loan which will need to be repaid by the loan recipient after their arrival to Canada.
Resettled refugees must start repaying the loan on the 12th month after the loan was issued. IRCC will notify the recipient of their minimum monthly payment required. They can choose to start paying earlier and more than the minimum if they wish. The duration of the repayment period depends on the amount of the loan. IRCC does not charge interest.
Sponsors are not responsible for repayment of the Transportation Loan.