Who Can Sponsor a Refugee in Ontario?

The following categories of groups are eligible to sponsor refugees for resettlement to Canada under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program:

1. Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs):

SAHs are incorporated organizations that have signed an agreement with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to sponsor refugees. SAHs can sponsor directly or through groups they have authorized to sponsor; these groups are called Constituent Groups. SAHs can also sponsor with individuals, known as Co-Sponsors. There are currently 105 SAHs across Canada (excluding Quebec).

2. Groups of Five:

A Group of Five is a group of five or more Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents over the age of 18 whose members all reside in the community where the sponsored refugees are expected to settle.

3. Community Sponsors

A Community Sponsor can be any Canadian organization, association or corporation, which is based in the community where the refugees are expected to settle. The organization must be registered in some capacity, but does not need to be incorporated.

PLEASE NOTE: Groups of Five and Community Sponsors can only sponsor refugees under the PSR Program who have been officially recognized as refugees by a government or UNHCR, and have proof of this refugee status in the form of a refugee status document.

IMPORTANT: The temporary exemption for Syrian and Iraqi nationals from having to provide copies of their refugee status document when being sponsored by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors ended in January 2017. For more information on the ending of the temporary exemption, please visit: