New Fund Covers Costs for Canadians Sponsoring Refugees

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

News Release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. August 20, 2018.

The University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and the Shapiro Foundation, together with Jewish Family Services Ottawa, have announced the creation of a new fund aimed at facilitating the sponsorship of up to 1,000 refugees identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

For a limited time, qualifying Canadian groups will have the cost of sponsoring a refugee through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program fully covered by the fund.

Through the BVOR Program, the UNHCR identifies refugees to come to Canada, and the Government of Canada and sponsor groups share resettlement costs. As a result of this new fund, the sponsors’ portion of the financial commitment will be fully subsidized by private donors.

Funding for both start-up costs and settlement costs associated with BVOR sponsorship will be available to groups that submit applications before September 17, 2018, or until the fund is exhausted, whichever comes first.

Refugees sponsored with the support of this fund will arrive in Canada before December 31, 2018.

If you would like to sponsor a BVOR case before September 17, 2018, please contact

For more information about privately sponsoring a refugee, you can also contact the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program team at

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