Refugee Sponsorship

The world is responding to the Syrian crisis. For general information about how to help with the Syrian crisis, 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.


Due to the volume of requests we are receiving, we regret that we are not able to take any more applications for the present time. If you have previously filled out the pre-screening form, please be patient – we have over 200 requests to process, and we will be in contact with you.


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.