In October 2015, the Canadian government decided to bring 50,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. To be a part of that great initiative, ICNA Relief Canada decided to sponsor 100 Syrian refugee families to Canada. Since then, our "Syrian Refugee Sponsorship" (SRS) team has processed over 100 applications. Alhamdulillah, with the support of local sponsor groups, since February 2016, our sponsored refugee families have arrived in Canada and started to settle in cities such as Brampton, Brantford, Calgary, Chatham, Edmonton, Kitchener, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Saskatoon, Scarborough, St. Catharines, Toronto, and Waterloo.
In 2018, in addition to Syrian refugees, we extended this program for refugees with a direct background such as Iraqi, Rohingya, Somali, Uyghur, Yemeni, and more. Thus, we have changed the program name from "Syrian Refugee Sponsorship" to "Settlement and Refugee Sponsorship", keeping the same acronym "SRS".
Please note that ICNA Relief Canada is not a SAH. Thus, we cannot sponsor any refugee without a valid refugee status document (VRSD). ICNA Relief is a community sponsor (CS). Thus, we ONLY sponsor refugees who are recognized as refugees by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or a foreign state.
Refugee sponsorship means, as a sponsor we must provide settlement and financial support to the refugees for the full sponsorship period. This is usually one year. There are different categories of sponsorship. However, as CS we ONLY sponsor refugee families either under BVOR or PSR programs.
To sponsor a refugee family, we need a local sponsor group. If you are interested in sponsoring a refugee family to Canada please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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