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Refugee Sponsorship

Each year, millions of people around the world are forced to flee their homelands to escape persecution, war or severe human rights abuses. Often these people are never able to return home.

How the Islanders Can Help

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program provides opportunities for Prince Edward Islanders who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents to help resettle eligible refugees from abroad in Canada.

Private sponsors are groups who commit to providing financial settlement assistance to refugees for one year or until they can support themselves financially, whichever comes first. This assistance includes accommodation, clothing and food. In special cases, the sponsorship period can be extended for up to 36 months. Sponsors also provide emotional and significant settlement assistance to the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship period.

Private sponsorship groups can be:

If you are considering sponsoring an individual refugee or a refugee family, please use the resources listed to the right on this page to learn more about the types of private sponsorship groups and refugees in general.

If you require more information and need assistance in forming your group, please contact:


Erin Mahar

Erin Mahar
Settlement Programs Coordinator

(902) 628-6009 ext. 203
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