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Thank you for your interest in refugee sponsorship! CLWR is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Canadian government. This means that through us, churches and groups (who become our Constituent Groups) are able to sponsor refugees from abroad.

As Christians we act in love and compassion, reflecting God’s love for us. God’s word directs us in ways of hospitality and shows us the source of strength and wisdom for every service we complete in God’s name.

“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself.” Leviticus 19:34 (NIV)

In 1946, CLWR was created to help people displaced by the Second World War. Our commitment to refugees continues to this day through refugee sponsorship. Your congregation can be part of this legacy.

Refugee sponsors act to “welcome the stranger.” In return, they have the privilege of developing new friendships and learning about a different way of life.

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV)

If you’re interested in learning about refugees and what the refugee sponsorship process entails, we’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions below.

Learn about refugees

Who are refugees? Where are refugees coming from? Why do we sponsor refugees?
Learn about refugees

Learn about refugee sponsorship

There are four types of refugee sponsorship: Full, Blended Visa-Office Referred, Joint-Assistance and Family-linked. Each type of refugee sponsorship has different responsibilities and budgets.
Learn about refugee sponsorship

I’m ready to sponsor a refugee! How do I begin?

  • Contact us. We’ll help your congregation set up a sponsorship committee and review refugee profiles.
  • Work with CLWR to complete paperwork and communicate with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • Begin fundraising and make a settlement plan, designating tasks among committee members.

Refugee sponsorship resources

Ministry of Welcoming the Stranger brochure
General information for churches about refugee sponsorship
Ministry of Welcoming the Stranger handbook
World Refugee Day worship resource
History of CLWR refugee resettlement

For more information about refugee sponsorship, contact the CLWR refugee sponsorship team:

Fikre Tsehai – Development Manager, Refugee Resettlement
Email | Phone: 604.540.9760

Jennifer Ardon – Project Officer, Refugee Resettlement & Community Relations
Email | Phone: 519.725.8777

Senait Biadgilign – Program Assistant, Refugee Resettlement & Community Relations
Email | Phone: 604.540.9760