Private Sponsorship of Refugees

Please note: Our offices are closed as we follow the best advice of public health authorities to minimize the threat of COVID-19. Our staff remains available via e-mail or telephone. The PSR staff have collected some links that may be of particular use to Private Sponsored Refugees and their sponsors; that information is on this page.


Through the Government of Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Program, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents can collaborate with a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) (of which the Association for New Canadians is one) to support refugee resettlement in Canada. There are four options for sponsorship:

    • Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program is designed to provide co-sponsors with an opportunity to identify a refugee they wish to sponsor. In Newfoundland and Labrador, this option helps to address one of the most fundamental barriers to the successful settlement, integration, and retention of refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador – family reunification.
    • Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) Program is designed to support refugees who have special needs. IRCC and settlement agencies work with co-sponsors to help refugees adjust to life in Canada by giving them settlement help and emotional support.
    • Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP) is a blended refugee sponsorship initiative to encourage the sponsorship of refugees who are persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 

In addition to providing community groups and individuals with support and assistance during the sponsorship process, this program is especially vital to the retention of sponsored immigrants, as it strives to meet their unique needs by providing a mechanism to support those who are ineligible for other reunification options.  

If you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor or are interested in sponsoring a refugee, please contact: