The SAH is legally responsible for all sponsorships submitted as part of its agreement. The CGs are the facilitators of the sponsorships themselves. Some SAHs have CGs and others do not. The sponsorship agreement allows SAHs to sponsor a number of refugees each year for resettlement in Canada through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. By signing the sponsorship contract, an SAH is legally liable, but is not limited to the following: when an organization signs a sponsorship contract, it assumes detailed legal responsibilities in the sponsorship contract. Quebec has its own process to help refugees. For sponsors in Quebec, visit refugee sponsorship in Quebec. All refugee sponsorship application forms are available on the IRCC website at: On March 30, 2020, we updated the application process for sponsorship contract holders. You have until June 30, 2020 to apply. Canada is the first country in the world to have a refugee assistance program in which individuals and communities are directly involved in the resettlement of foreign refugees. It has become a model for other countries around the world.

A Constituent Group (CG) is a group that has been authorized in writing by the SAH to act on its behalf for the sponsorship of refugees. An SAH may authorize any number of CGs to sponsor as part of its agreement and to assist sponsored refugees. Each SAH sets its own criteria for CG recognition. The CGs have the following characteristics: the SAHs assume overall responsibility and responsibility for the management of sponsorship as part of their agreement. HSAs may allow other community groups to assist refugees as part of their agreements. Many organizations have signed sponsorship agreements with the Canadian government to help foreign refugees resettle in Canada. These organizations are called sponsorship contract holders. They can help refugees themselves or work with other members of the community to help refugees.

You can also work with other community groups to help refugees as part of your agreement.

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