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Who is Eligible to be Sponsored through the Privately Sponsored Refugee Program?

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.