Special initiative brings together sponsors & funders to resettle UNHCR referred refugees to Canada
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 7 August 2018 – The University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and the Shapiro Foundation, together with Jewish Family Services Ottawa, are delighted to announce the creation of a new fund aimed at facilitating the sponsorship of up to 1,000 refugees identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
For a limited time, qualifying Canadian groups will have the cost of sponsoring a refugee through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program fully covered by the fund.
With a record 25.4 million refugees displaced by war and persecution, the global refugee crisis is one of the most critical and devastating challenges of our time. Canadians have consistently demonstrated generosity, compassion, and a willingness to resettle some of the world’s most vulnerable people – a commitment that is particularly important when resettlement options around the world are being reduced.
As part of its annual immigration planning, the Government of Canada has approved 1,500 refugees to be resettled to Canada through the BVOR program in 2018. Under this program, the UNHCR identifies refugees to come to Canada, and the Canadian government and sponsor groups share resettlement costs. As a result of this new fund, the sponsors’ portion of the financial commitment will be fully subsidized by private donors.
All refugees resettled to Canada undergo rigorous security, legal, and health checks. Once they arrive in Canada, they are welcomed and supported by their sponsorship group for a minimum of one year.
This innovative fund is being created with the generous financial support of The Shapiro Foundation and another significant Canadian donor. Funding for both start-up costs and settlement costs associated with BVOR sponsorship will be available to groups that submit applications to the fund before September 17, 2018, or until the fund is exhausted prior to the deadline.
Refugees sponsored with the support of this fund will arrive in Canada before December 31, 2018.
If you are in the Greater Victoria area, and would like to sponsor a BVOR case please contact
Sabine Lehr, Private Sponsorship of Refugees Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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