Information Guide for Joint Assistance Sponsors - Ontario Region (Updated May 2004)

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By: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Settlement and Port of Entry Directorate, Ontario Region
Date: 2004

The objective of this information guide is to assist Joint Assistance Sponsors prepare for the arrival of their refugee families. The information within this guide may differ slightly from other cities in Ontario and in the rest of Canada.

The guide will briefly explain the Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) program, the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), and introduce and describe the roles of various other partners within the Joint Assistance Program.

Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS)

The purpose of the JAS program is to facilitate the resettlement in Canada of Convention refugees' abroad and members of the Source Country and Asylum Country classes who have special needs. These persons may need a resettlement period longer than 12 months, and assistance over and above that provided through either the government assistance or regular private sponsorship. Because of these special needs or circumstances, CIC provides support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) for up to 24 months (if required) from the date of arrival of the refugees and provides access to the Immigration Loans Program according to program criteria.

JAS provides the opportunity for the government and private sponsors to work together in the resettlement of these special needs persons who would not otherwise be accepted for immigration to Canada. The government provides income support for the period of the sponsorship and the private sponsors provide moral and emotional support and guidance while ensuring that the resettlement services required are provided.

Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provides income support and a range of immediate essential services to government-assisted refugees and humanitarian cases for which the federal government has undertaken a financial commitment. Income support and immediate essential services are provided through program contributions.

RAP is the responsibility of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Refugee Branch at NHQ. Program Consultants manage the program in the regions. In Ontario, RAP is delivered by CIC counsellors at six designated points of service: Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.

Language: English, French

Format: This document is available for download in Adobe Acrobat format [331 KB, 43 pages].