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Private Sponsors: What they do


Syrian refugees arrive in Canada and become permanent residents upon arrival.

Privately sponsored refugees are supported by their sponsors, who help them adjust to life in Canada

Reception and Orientation

  • Help refugees complete any required initial government forms
  • Give refugees an orientation to Canada and the community for 1 year

Housing and Financial Support

  • Permanent housing
  • Initial household start-up costs
  • Living allowance for 1 year

On-going Social Support

Introduce refugees to community support groups and settlement services

  • Healthcare
  • Language Training
  • Employment
  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • School

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