The vulnerable populations service offered at CFN provides services for accepted refugees, refugee claimants, or to people wanting to apply for asylum in Canada. The program will work to help people get settled in Calgary, find income, jobs, or other resources they may need.
If legal assistance or government applications are required, the program can point people in the right direction. In some cases, risk, mental health, and health assessments may be required and the program will conduct or arrange for these. The program can also assist with educating people about the Immigration and Refugee Board application and review process to help encourage success through the system.
I am a Refugee
CFN will try to refer you to an appropriate service or group or we will consider sponsoring refugees when we have the funds and can match you to a sponsorship group.
I want to Support or Sponsor a Refugee
If you wish to help bring a refugee to Canada and/or form a group of 5 to sponsor a refugee and their family, then we can help. Residents in Canada can help to bring a refugee to Canada and out of harm’s way through the private sponsorship program.
Individual refugee volunteer. You can individually get involved by stepping forward to volunteer in a sponsorship. We need people to help through giving social and emotional support, coaching people to be settled in the city, offering language practice and teaching, giving financial support, donating items to establish a household, and/or many other roles.
Forming a Sponsorship Group of 5. You can also join with others as a formal group of 5 people to sponsor a refugee or a refugee family. A group of 5 must commit to helping to apply for the refugee or family, stick to waiting for the refugee or family to arrive, and once they arrive commit to a minimum of 12 months of having a close relationship to the newcomers(s). During this time, a formal group of 5 is responsible for the financial support of the newcomer(s), but can also access funds if co-sponsoring with a Community Sponsor, or by accessing partial or full government financial support if the refugee(s) arrive through the BVOR, RRAP, or JAS programs. A Community Sponsor is an organization, association or corporation who sponsors refugees to come to Canada. Like an individual volunteer, a group of five will be closely involved in giving social and emotional support, coaching people to be settled in the city, offering language practice and teaching, giving financial support, donating items to establish a household, and/or many other roles.
Adopt an Afghan Refugee Project. The Centre for Newcomers is committed to helping bring Afghan refugees to Canada. You may work with CFN to form a group of 5 or to individually volunteer as noted above to sponsor a refugee from Afghanistan or a transit country.
For any of the roles above, please register here to start the process.