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SYRIAN REFUGEE PROJECT: 20 FOR 20

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Community Sponsorship Co-Sponsorship Model

Community Sponsorship / Co-Sponsorship-model

SPONSORING REFUGEES » Community Sponsors | Group of Five (G5)

What is a Community Sponsor?

Community Sponsors (CS) are organizations located in the community where the refugees are expected to settle. CSs make a group commitment to sponsor the refugees. CSs act as guarantors that the necessary settlement support will be provided for the full duration of the sponsorship. The CS is expected to show that it has the necessary financial resources, expertise and commitment required to fulfill the terms of the sponsorship undertaking.

A Community Sponsor may be:

  • an organization (for-profit or not-for-profit);
  • an association; or
  • a corporation (incorporated or non-incorporated).

What are the requirements:


A Community Sponsor must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have financial capacity to fulfill the sponsorship undertaking for the duration of the sponsorship period (generally 12 months);
  • Must provide evidence of settlement capacity to provide emotional and social support to the refugees;
  • Must be based in the community where the refugees are expected to live.

CIC created the following chart outlining sponsorship costs:

Family Size 12 Months of Income Support Start-up Costs Estimated Total Amount
Settlement Cost ($)
1 9,800 2,800 12,600
2 16,800 4,400 21,200
3 17,700 5,300 23,000
4 20,000 7,000 27,000
5 22,000 7,200 29,700
6 24,500 8,000 32,500

Individual parties in the Community Sponsor must meet the following:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 18 years of age or older; and
  • Must not be ineligible to be a party to a sponsorship under subsection 156(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

For more information, visit the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship’s online Private Sponsorship of Refugees Application Guide and Refugee Sponsorship Training Program.

Proof of funds


For each group member that is providing financial support, proof of funds is required.
Community Sponsors:
The following documents are considered valid proof of income for

Community Sponsors:

  • Last year’s audited financial statement from the sponsoring organization;
  • An original letter from a Canadian financial institution attesting to bank account details;
  • An original letter from the organization guaranteeing a cash donation; or
  • Proofs of alternate sources of funding.


Format: Photocopies or original letter (when mentioned).


What is a Group of Five (G5)?

A Group of Five (G5) is any group of five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 18 years of age or older and who live in the community where the refugees are expected to settle. Group members act as guarantors that the necessary settlement support, which includes financial and settlement arrangements, will be provided for the full duration of the sponsorship, which is generally 12 months. The group is expected to show that they have the necessary financial resources, expertise and commitment required to fulfill the terms of the sponsorship undertaking.

What are the requirements?


Members of the Group of Five (G5) must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 18 years of age or older
  • Must have financial capacity to fulfill the sponsorship undertaking for the duration of the sponsorship period (generally 12 months);
  • Must provide evidence of settlement capacity to provide emotional and social support to the refugees;
  • Must be based in the community where the refugees are expected to live
  • Must not be ineligible to be a party to a sponsorship under CIC’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations subsection 156(1)

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBLITIES OF A GROUP OF FIVE IN 20 FOR 20?


Settlement Support:

  • The G5 is responsible only for the settlement needs they have chosen to commit to
  • Settlement needs will be shared with the Co-Sponsor
  • Dependant on the support capacity from G5 and Co-Sponsor, an appropriate match will be made
  • Settlement support and assistance will also be provided by Community Volunteers

Financial Support:

    • A G5 must prove it has the financial capacity to fulfill the full sponsorship undertaking

Dependant on the financial capacity of the G5 and Co-Sponsor, an appropriate match will be made

PROOF OF INCOME:


Generally, it is recommended that at least three members provide financial support. The following documents are considered valid proof of funds for Group of Five members who intend to use their personal income towards the sponsorship:

  • A copy of your most recent T4
  • A copy of your most recent Notice of Assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • An original letter or proof of annotated cheque stubs from your employer confirming financial details for the past 12 months
  • If self-employed, an original letter from an accountant confirming your annual income for the past 12 months
  • Proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments etc.)
  • Employment Insurance pay stubs

The following document is required to show proof of funds held In Trust:

  • An original letter from a Canadian financial institution attesting to account details: identity of the beneficiary (for example, the refugees), when and how funds will be dispersed, the outcome of the funds should the beneficiary not arrive in Canada and the details of the two members of the sponsoring group with signing authority (for example, full name, date of birth and addresses).

Assessing the Sponsoring Group’s Finances:

  • For CIC to determine that your group has sufficient financial resources to fulfill the terms of the undertaking, you must show all sources of funding, including in-kind-deductions
  • CIC will combine the value of all committed funds (monetary or in-kind) to determine if the total funds committed equals (or surpasses) the amount listed on the Sponsorship Cost Table (sourced from CIC)
    • The required financial resources indicated in the table are roughly equivalent to local social assistance rate figures.
    • The In-Kind Deduction Table provides an estimated value for certain in-kind donations.
  • In-Kind donations include all donations made in goods, commodities or services, instead of money.
    • In-Kind donations include all donations made in goods, commodities or services, instead of money.

Sponsorship cost Table ($)

Family Size 12 Months of Income Support Start-up Costs Estimated Total Amount
Settlement Cost ($)
1 9,800 2,800 12,600
2 16,800 4,400 21,200
3 17,700 5,300 23,000
4 20,000 7,000 27,000
5 22,000 7,200 29,700
6 24,500 8,000 32,500

In-Kind Deduction Table ($)
The In-Kind Deduction Table below is based on annual costs.

Family Size Shelter Clothing Furniture Start-up Costs
(Household Needs)
School
Start-up Costs
Food Staples
1 6,000 500 1,500 325 175
2 7,100 1,000 2,000 350 250
3 7,800 1,375 2,500 375 325
4 8,400 1,750 3,000 400 400
5 9,600 2,125 3,500 425 475
6 9,600 2,500 4,000 450 550
For additional member, add 900 375 500 25 150/child
(ages 4-21)
75

What is a Co-Sponsor?

A Community Sponsor (CS) has the option to establish a partnership with an outside party to share in the delivery of settlement assistance and support. Partnerships may be formed with individuals (for example: a family member of the sponsored refugee living in Canada) or organizations. The co-sponsor must sign the sponsorship undertaking and discharge the responsibilities that were agreed to in the settlement plan.

Co-sponsors cannot partner with G5.

If the Co-sponsor is an individual, the individual must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • reside in the community where the refugee is expected to live

If the Co-sponsor is an organization, the organization may be:

  • a corporation
  • an unincorporated organization
  • an association
  • another SAH or CG

Volunteers: THANK YOU!

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who give selflessly of their time, talent and treasures helping refugees getting settled and re-united refugee families with their family members in Hamilton.

Thank you, volunteers,
for making a difference!

MSU-IWC

The MSU and IWC are partnering to bring 20 Syrian refugee families to the Hamilton through CIC’s Community Sponsor Model

THANK YOU
FOR YOUR
SUPPORT!

DID YOU KNOW?

This year, the world has seen the tragedy of more than 4 million Syrian, Middle Eastern and North African refugees fleeing their homes and countries. Risking their lives as they search for safety and asylum, the whole world has heard their cries. Canada has recently relaxed the UNHCR requirements for eligibility in claiming refugee status in Canada. Canadian cities are responding. With your help, Hamilton can respond too.

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