Refugee Sponsorship

2016 Sponsorship Allocations

The CUC received 15 uncapped spaces and 28 capped spaces for 2016. We hope to receive many more uncapped spaces in 2017 based on our sponsorship performance this year.

This year’s capped missions are as follows: Nairobi, Cairo, Pretoria, Islamabad, Tel Aviv, Rome and Dar es Salaam. The CUC is able to request a maximum of 6 spaces in each of these areas. If you are considering sponsoring someone from any of these regions, please let April Hope know as soon as possible ( as sponsoring from these areas can take a very long time.

*Important information for those looking to sponsor in 2017 or 2018. April Hope, CUC’s Social Responsibility Coordinator, will be submitting requests for allocations in the Fall of 2016, if you are interested in sponsoring in the coming years, please let her know how many people you wish to sponsor, their country of origin and their country of refuge.

Responding to the refugee crisis

Since September 2015, the world has responded overwhelmingly to the Syrian crisis. For general information about how to help with the Syrian situation, go to How YOU Can Help a Syrian Refugee.

If your congregation is considering sponsorship, please take a look at the following before proceeding further:

Then, please contact April Hope at so that you’ll have accurate information during this process.

The following  will provide necessary information once your congregation is further on in the process:

For those who are interested in deciphering the acronyms of PSR (Private Sponsorship of Refugees)  please use this dictionary as a resource.


 We are very sorry, but we are not able to begin further refugee applications at this time.

Please feel free to pursue other options for sponsorship in Canada or other suitable countries as our wait-list is quite extensive and we have limited resources.
We wish you success in your relocation.


For those of you planning for the end of your sponsoring year, attached are some helpful tools from RSTP (Refugee Sponsorship Training Program). It is best to start preparing yourselves and the newcomers at least 3 months before the sponsorship time comes to a close. There are so many things to consider as we facilitate and empower these newcomers to navigate independently in Canada. Thank you all for your dedication and exceptional efforts!

The CUC is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)

Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) are incorporated organizations that have signed a sponsorship agreement with the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada.

A SAH can be a local, regional or national organization. A SAH assumes overall responsibility and liability for the management of sponsorship’s under its agreement. In addition, a SAH must be located in the community where the refugee or refugee family is expected to resettle. A SAH can authorize other groups in the community to sponsor refugees under its agreement. These groups are known as “Constituent Groups” and can be a congregation or outside organization such as Capital Rainbow Refugees.  A Constituent Group (CG) is authorized in writing by the SAH to act on its behalf in sponsoring refugees.

Why work with a SAH as a Constituent Group or Congregation?

This three-way partnership between SAH’s, CIC and CG’s allows refugees with no other solutions to resettle in Canada. Sponsorship requires groups of people who are committed to working alongside refugees in order to ensure that they have the necessary support to integrate into life in Canada. Unitarian Universalists have provided this type of support to refugees for many years.  As an SAH, the CUC is able to streamline the application process and support a congregation or CG which increases Canada’s ability to offer protection to refugees.

Please contact April Hope, Social Responsibility Coordinator, at if you are interested in learning more about refugee sponsorship.