Refugee Sponsorship – Groups of Five (G5)
Groups of Five (G5) are five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who are at least 18 years of age, live in the expected community of settlement and have collectively arranged for the sponsorship of a refugee living abroad. The five individuals act as guarantors that the necessary support will be provided for the full duration of the sponsorship.
CPO-W assesses individual contributions of group members to the sponsorship. The financial and non-financial aspects are considered collectively, as well as the settlement plan, before the sponsorship is approved. The group’s financial commitment must meet the levels established in the Sponsorship Cost Table under section E of the Settlement Plan (IMM 5373A).
As part of the application package, the sponsoring group will need to include proof that each applicant has been recognized as a refugee by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or by a foreign state, unless the refugee you wish to sponsor is a Syrian or Iraqi refugee. Only a photocopy of the original document is required. If the document is in a language other than English or French, then a certified translation (in either official language) must be submitted along with the photocopy of the original document.
Eligibility criteria for sponsors:
To be eligible, each member of the group must:
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
- be at least 18 years old,
- live in the same community where the refugee is expected to settle, and
- agree to give settlement assistance and support for the length of the sponsorship (usually one year).
The group must provide a settlement plan and prove that it has the money to sponsor a refugee for one year.