As a private sponsor, you are responsible for providing financial and non-financial support to the refugees you sponsor. This includes covering start-up and ongoing monthly costs as well as providing settlement and emotional support. Find information to assist you in this role here.
As a privately sponsored refugee, you become a permanent resident when you land in Canada. Your sponsors and settlement workers will be there to help you become independent and familiar with your new home by the end of the sponsorship period. Find information to help you along your settlement journey here.
As a settlement service provider, you can offer valuable support to both refugees and their private sponsors throughout the settlement journey. Find information that will support you in this role here.
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the arrival in Canada of over 250 Afghan refugees, including 170 human rights defenders, as government-assisted refugees.
The WelcomeOntario website was created to provide trustworthy information to sponsored refugees, private sponsors and settlement service providers in Ontario.This bilingual website was created and is maintained by OCASI, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, whose mission is to achieve equality, access and full participation for immigrants and refugees in every aspect of Canadian Life.