Refugees are assessed based on eligibility and admissibility. If you are a sponsor in Ontario and wish to sponsor a refugee, the person must both meet the eligibility and admissibility criteria.
Eligibility is a set of criteria that a person must meet in order to qualify for the program.
In order to be eligible for the Privately Sponsored Refugee Program, an individual must:
- Be outside of their home country;
- Not be in Canada;
- Be unable or unwilling to return to their country due to persecution;
- Have no other durable solutions available to them (a durable solution is any one of the following: voluntary repatriation; local integration; or, other offers of resettlement); and,
- Fit the definition of the Convention Refugee Abroad Class: a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; or, the Country of Asylum Class: seriously and personally affected by civil war or armed conflict, or suffered massive violations of human rights
Admissibility is a set of criteria that assess whether someone is allowed to be in Canada. Before being accepted to come to Canada, the following checks will be conducted:
- Security check;
- Criminality Check; and,
- Medical Check.