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Refugee Sponsorship Next Steps

Form a sponsorship committee

You may have identified several volunteers who are interested in helping out with refugee sponsorship, however, a minimum dedicated team of at least 5 core members are required in order to move forward with a sponsorship undertaking with the CMA SAH.

If your sponsorship team is going to submit a co-sponsored undertaking (where the referred refugee has family members already living in Canada), then at least one of the five committee members should be a representative of the local family in the area of settlement.

Gather your committee for a few face-to-face meetings  together to  discuss  and decide upon:


Once you have completed the above steps, you are now ready to approach your church board

Note: the sponsorship does not become 'official' and legally binding until you sign and submit the required documents for the Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) and the forms required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Begin the paperwork

Once you have selected  refugee(s) for sponsorship, you can complete the application forms, and work on a detailed settlement plan.

funding assistance

For sponsoring groups who find themselves with unexpected emergency costs or fall short of their financial obligation goals when the refugee(s) is due to arrive, an application can be made to the CMA's Refugee Fund for a financial assistance. Contact the CMA SAH Representative for more information 416-674-7878.