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The Salvation Army Immigrant and Refugee Services

View the Guide to Action.pdf

Guide to Action

Based on a national, interdenominational study of how congregations are assisting immigrants (,
the Guide to Action provides multiple options for working with newcomers to Canada. It is intentionally designed to provide an opportunity for discussion of how the Bible can motivate our care for immigrants, refugees and migrant workers and provokes reflection on the many ways God's people are responding across Canada.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that provides support in 400 communities across Canada and over 100 countries around the world.
Settlement Assistance for newcomers is available at many of our local Ministry Units. To find the programs and services available in your area, please use the “Find the Salvation Army” search option.  
The Salvation Army is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder, allowing us to process applications through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.
There are various sponsorship opportunities available to our Ministry Units through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program, the Blended Visa-Office Referred program, or the Joint-Assisted Sponsorship program. If your Ministry Unit is interested in being involved in refugee sponsorship, please contact the Immigrant & Refugee Services Liaison for more information.
The Canadian government has committed to bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees and 3,000 Iraqi refugees to Canada over the next few years. The Salvation Army has been actively involved in working with families in Canada to sponsor their loved ones through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. If you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident interested in sponsoring Syrian or Iraqi refugees, please contact the Immigrant & Refugee Services Liaison for more information about a Family-Linked Private Sponsorship.
The Salvation Army is partnering with Lifeline Syria in the aim to sponsor 1,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in the Greater Toronto Area.
Note: We cannot process the number of requests that would originate in other countries. Therefore, requests to sponsor a refugee from overseas must come from people who are currently residing in Canada and are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.

Important Links:
Citizenship & Immigration Canada -
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program -
Canadian Council for Refugees -
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees -
Lifeline Syria -

If you have any further questions not referenced above, please contact the Immigrant and Refugee Services Liaison in the Corps Ministries Department at T.H.Q.