Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program helps thousands of vulnerable children, youth and families every year. ISSofBC sponsors refugees from abroad who to come to Canada for family reunification. As a sponsor, we provide financial and emotional support including help with housing, clothing and food for one year.
Since our first donation in 2016, we have reunited 30 individuals from across the world with their families in Canada. Over 20 are scheduled to arrive in 2021 and beyond.
Read the story of Anas Schichmouse and his new beginnings in Canada thanks to the support of our generous donors.
As COVID-19 is severely limiting our ability to be reunited with friends and family and resume our normal lives, it is worth remembering that those displaced by conflict, violence and persecution are faced with these uncertainties, and many more, every day.
Through your generous donations you can help those most in need who have no prospect of returning home, start new lives in Canada.
Your donation directly supports sponsorship such as start-up costs, food, clothing, housing which averages over $18,000 per individual for the one-year duration.
ISSofBC is the oldest, non-profit immigrant-serving organization in BC, established in 1972 to respond to the settlement needs of 800 Ismaili refugees fleeing Idi Amin's rule in Uganda. As one of the largest multi-ethnic immigrant-serving agencies in Canada, ISSofBC services over 20,000 clients a year in 15 sites throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish and the interior of BC. Over 350 staff and over 1,000 active volunteers work together to provide language, employment and settlement services in over 40 languages.