​​​​​​​​​​​Office for Refugees

Initiating a Sponsorship?  Please Read:

The Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto is happy to announce that we initiated sponsorship for nearly 1,000 individuals this year and we have used all our allocations for 2016. It is uncertain if our office will be able to receive additional spots for the rest of the year. We suggest, if you have not already done so, that you register and attend our Info Session 1: Orientation, if you are planning to initiate a sponsorship and follow the steps recommended there. As additional spots need to be approved by the government it is up to Immigration Canada whether our office will be receiving any more spots for this year. In this forum we will keep you updated and let you know if we can accept new cases.

2016 Open House

On Tuesday, June 21st the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto held its open house and official opening of the new office location. The office was blessed by Cardinal Thomas Collins earlier in the day and in the evening Bishop Kirkpatrick gave wonderful remarks about the work of the Office for Refugees. All staff enjoyed celebrating the hard work that many dedicated volunteers and Resettlement Groups have contributed.

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ALLOCATIONS UPDATE:
 
 
Sponsorship Agreement Holders in Canada, including the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto, have received their allocations for 2016 from the Government of Canada.
 
 
Allocations are very limited and our office is only able to submit cases to specified visa offices as per the directions from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. If you would like to initiate a sponsorship for an Iraqi or Syrian citizen, please register to attend the next Info session 1: Orientation, to learn about the process.
 
 
With regret, we have no possibility to sponsor refugees who are currently residing in certain countries and regions (for example Israel, Sudan, Pakistan, central and Southern Africa etc.) but we can advise you what other options you may have. If you want to resettle people with other nationalities, please attend the "Orientation Session: sponsoring non-Iraqi and non-Syrian citizens" on Tuesday, June 7th to learn what options are available for you.
 
 
Please register for the above mentioned sessions, as appropriate to your situation, on www.officeforrefugees.eventbrite.com and direct any inquiries you might have to refugeeoffice@archtoronto.org.

 
Please note that our office location and contact information has changed.

 

Thanks to civic sponsors, in the past 35 years, hundreds of thousands of refugees from around the world have been able to find a safe haven in Canada. Individuals with communities can initiate to bring refugees to Canada – through a group of five, a community organization or a sponsorship agreement holder. The Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto provides advice, support and assistance if you want to initiate a sponsorship/ resettlement. Additionally, the office works with parishes, religious orders and Catholic institutions in the archdiocese, enabling them to participate in this rewarding program.​

Support available from the Office for Refugees:

  • Provides information sessions for the general public regarding refugee resettlement as well as other Canadian immigration options.
  • Is the liaison between parishes, the Archdiocese and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in refugee resettlement.

  • Assesses resettlement applications and settlement plans.

  • ​Monitors all procedures before and after submission of a resettlement application and the integration process.

  • Invites you to enroll in the resettlement email distribution to receive information about refugee related issues regularly.

 Mission

The Office assists the faithful and enables them to provide assistance for uprooted people by helping parishes, religious orders, Catholic institutions and others to find durable solutions for refugees in need. Additionally the Office for Refugees provides similar services to Christian communities in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Toronto.
The office is a venue of communication, cooperation and collaboration for refugee serving organizations in the Archdiocese to improve the level of services provided by Catholic organizations.
The office works with partners nationally and internationally to ameliorate the situation of uprooted people.

Values

The office operates in accordance with the Ten Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teachings and with the generally respected values, philosophy and principles of the Catholic Church.

 Mandate

The office facilitates the Sponsorship Agreement of the Archdiocese of Toronto; animates and coordinates the Catholic network on refugee assistance; liaises with other civic sponsors, dioceses and archdioceses, and international organizations such as ICMC (International Catholic Migration Commission), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and other refugee serving members of the international community on issues such as resettlement, protection and social justice. 
The office's mandate covers the entire geographic area of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and where members of resettlement groups reside beyond these geographical boundaries.
The Office for Refugees is also mandated to link and network with organizations nationally and internationally for greater cooperation.

SERVICES OFFERED

Information Sessions: The Office for Refugees provides general immigration and refugee information sessions open to the public on a regular basis. The goal of these sessions is not only to ensure that people understand the Civic Resettlement of Refugees (CRR) Program, but that they are also empowered with the knowledge on all the ways a person can legally enter into Canada.

Parish Information Events: The Office for Refugees is available to provide support with information nights to parish councils, committees or just simply, interested parishioners, on general refugee issues, on civic sponsorship opportunities, etc. Please inquire with the Resettlement Educator if you are interested in hosting information sharing event or the monthly seminar.

Training: The Office provides training to those interested in learning more about settlement and integration on an ongoing basis. Additionally, the Office for Refugees publishes a newsletter to give updates regularly.

Referrals: Although ​the office's main focus is the civic sponsorship work, the Office can assist parishes, religious orders, chaplaincies, Catholic institutions and related groups in finding professional service providers with regard to refugee and immigrations issues or advocacy needs.

The Office for Refugees is funded by: