Temporary public policy to facilitate the sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors – renewal
I hereby establish pursuant to section 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the Act), that there are sufficient public policy considerations warranting an exemption from the requirement for an applicant to have sponsorship in support of their permanent residence visa application which includes a document issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees certifying the status of the foreign national as a refugee under the rules applicable to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or a foreign state certifying the status of the foreign national as a refugee under the rules applicable to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or the applicable laws of the foreign state, as the case may be (paragraph 153(1)(b) Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations), and an exemption from the requirement to pay the processing fee for examining the circumstances under subsection 25.2(1) of the Act (section 307 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations).This public policy applies to Iraqi and Syrian nationals who have fled their country of nationality or habitual residence as a result of the current conflicts in Syria and Iraq, in order to facilitate the sponsorship of these persons by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. Click here for more details
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is a program designed to support the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors interested in sponsoring refugees. RSTP provides resources and services to meet the ongoing information and training needs of private sponsors of refugees in Canada. Click here for more details
NOTE: The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is now accepting applications from eligible organizations acting on behalf of employers, under the Refugee Fund, for training with start dates between October 1 and December 31. For further information on eligibility requirements of the program, see Canada Job Grant Criteria.
Applications for training that starts on or before September 30 will continue to be accepted under the Refugee Fund until application targets for this training period have been met.
The Refugee Fund allows employers to meet their labour market needs while helping refugees gain skills and employment in British Columbia. Industry/sector associations, employer associations, and union and non-profit organizations working with refugees are eligible to apply. Click here for more details
Workforce Development and Immigration Division
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation