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private sponsorship program for refugees

Announcement concerning the suspension of the private sponsorship program - November 2020 

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) announced on Wednesday, October 28, that they were suspending until November 1, 2021 all engagement requests for the private sponsorship program for refugees, within all organizations of Quebec, throughout all categories, while they investigate.

The reason is that there were allegations of "corruption". We know that this corruption occurred in some organizations, and within sponsors (even courriers). It is not, in any case, a reason to blame ALL organizations, or to present this corruption as inherent to the sponsorship program. Once again, we know that both the sponsors AND the organizations are two pillars, necessary to well being of this program, created for refugee people.

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The Catholic Church of Montreal has a long experience of welcoming and sponsoring refugees. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, we were approached by the governments to welcome and support the "boat people" who were fleeing South-East Asia.


The Diocese of Montreal have had an engagement with the Government of Quebec to facilitate the refugee sponsorship program for many years.


The Diocese has a responsibility toward the people, groups and parishes who wish to sponsor a refugee family and offers administrative support during the sponsorship procedures.

Please read the update notice concerning new requests and current requests for 2020.

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information on the sponsorship program

The Diocese of Montreal has a partnership with the governement to sponsor a limited number of refugees each year. This process has to be initiated by a permanent resident or a citizen of Canada.

conditions for the sponsors

Individuals or groups can submit a request to the Canadian government to sponsor refugees. In that case, the individuals in Canada are responsible for covering the reinstallation fee.

Once the request is filled and sent to the government, there is a long waiting time before being able to enter Canada. This waiting may vary between 8 to 70 months. The waiting time depends on where you live now. You can verify your specific waiting time with the Government of Canada. 

The sponsor and the Diocese commit, for a year, to provide for the essential needs of the sponsored family (housing, furniture, food, clothes, school…). 

conditions for the refugee

To be eligible to the sponsorship program, the refugee has to be out of his/her origin country, because of an issue related to one of the five following motives: race, religion, ethnicity, political opinions or belonging to a particular social group.


The refugee cannot have access to a status in the country he/she is currently living, and also has to prove the impossibility to return in his/her home country.


MAIN contact

Private Sponsorship for refugees


alessandra santopadre

Project manager

514 925-4300 #295

Alessandra Santopadre

Alessandra has been working for 15 years for migrants and refugees around the world : Mozambique, South Africa, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Haiti, Philippines.

Eight years ago, she immigrated to Canada and started working as a pastoral worker in Laval for the Diocese of Montreal.

In January 2016, she started working as a deputy manager in the Office of cultural and ritual communities.


Contact us

2000, Sherbrooke street west

Montreal, QC h3h 1g4

on appointment only!

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