How to sponsor and resettle Syrian refugees
Toronto-based Lifeline Syria was launched in June to help Canadians sponsor Syrian refugees to Canada.
Toronto-based Lifeline Syria was launched in June to help Canadians sponsor Syrian refugees.
Private sponsors include community groups, churches and organizations that hold a sponsorship agreement with Ottawa. However, individual citizens can also form what are known as “groups of five” — made up of five individuals or more — to sponsor Syrian refugees.
Typically, a group of five needs to raise $27,000 to cover expenses and start-up costs for the family’s first year in Canada, and assist with their initial settlement in the community, such as connecting them with support services and helping them find jobs and schools.
Individuals can partner with private sponsorship agreement holders to sponsor refugees who have already been identified by these groups, or they can contact Lifeline Syria directly.
Lifeline Syria helps recruit, train and help sponsoring groups to welcome and support refugee families. It also serves as a matchmaker to link interested parties with private sponsorship agreement holders.
Lifeline Syria also holds information sessions to educate communities about the refugee crisis, sponsorship process and planning for the sponsored refugees’ resettlement.
Its regularly updated sponsorship handbook outlines the steps sponsors need to take, from securing accommodation and airport pickup, to arranging immediate medical needs and applying for a social insurance number.