Information for Refugee Sponsors
Support from the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
Support for Refugees
Private sponsorship groups on Prince Edward Island usually refer the refugees they sponsor to the PEIANC. Once registered with the Association, refugees access additional support from PEIANC staff such as: help navigating the school system, interpretation services, job search and career planning assistance, access to social integration opportunities, and other services.
For more information on how refugees living on Prince Edward Island can register with PEIANC, please go to Intake and Referral Services.
Online Guide for Newcomers to Canada
Our Guide for Newcomers to Canada can be a useful source of information for sponsors and refugees alike. The Guide covers many topics related to settling in the province of Prince Edward Island, and contains links to other websites with relevant information. The topics range from first things to do upon arrival, to obtaining Canadian citizenship. The Guide is available in English and six additional languages.
Support for Sponsors
The Association provides information to existing and potential refugee sponsorship groups, and offers presentations or workshops on expectations, requirements, and practical matters related to sponsorship. If you are part of a refugee sponsorship group or thinking about sponsorship, and you need more information, please contact the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) Settlement Worker.
Look for contact information on the right side of the page
General Information on Sponsorship Groups
Sponsorship groups agree to provide the refugees that they sponsor with care, lodging, settlement assistance, and support. This begins when the family or individual arrives in Canada and continues for the duration of the sponsorship period set out by the Federal Government, or until the family or individual becomes self-sufficient, whichever comes first.
Private sponsors support refugees by providing the following assistance:
- Providing the cost of food, rent, household utilities, and other day-to-day living expenses
- Providing clothing, furniture, and other household goods
- Locating and liaising with interpreters
- Enrolling children in school and adults in language training
- Assisting with applying for provincial health-care coverage
- Applying for a family physician and locating a dentist
- Providing orientation with regard to banking services, transportation, etc.
- Helping in the search for employment
- Introducing newcomers to people with similar personal interests, religion, education, etc.
- Providing integration opportunities and language practice options (where necessary)
- Referring refugees to the appropriate settlement organization or service as applicable