JIAS has sponsored over 600 refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and elsewhere
JIAS Toronto is the only Jewish Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the federal government in Canada.
This allows JIAS to sponsor refugees to come to Canada through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.
Welcome a Refugee
JIAS has sponsored refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Eritrea, and Vietnam. We partner with volunteer groups, called Constituent Groups, across the GTA, who provide financial and/or settlement support for these refugees and their families during their first year in Canada.
Constituent groups can be formed through synagogues, community and social groups, or families. JIAS staff work closely with Constituent Groups to ensure that refugees are set up and welcomed upon arrival and connected with proper resources to support their settlement process here in Canada. For more information about sponsoring a refugee or forming a Constituent Group contact us.
We also encourage you to:
- Learn more about 2SLGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees as well as community specific programs and resources.
- Donate to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Fund.
As a sponsorship agreement holder, JIAS was a perfect partner for Holy Blossom, who wanted to assist as soon as possible and to do so with an experienced organization. It has truly been a perfect partnership – JIAS has incredible professionals who have given us expert guidance and direction, and the Holy Blossom community has been incredibly generous… JIAS provided invaluable direction as to what types of committees we should create and where we should focus our efforts. As we welcomed our sixth and seventh families… I turned back to my original notes from JIAS to ensure that we had all areas covered. For all of our families, Holy Blossom and JIAS have collaborated effortlessly.”