While you’re waiting

Janet Dench, executive director of Canadian Council for Refugees, acknowledged that the extended waits are discouraging for would-be sponsors. “It’s really hard [for] sponsorship groups to have any incentive if it’s going to take so long,” But the time can be used preparing for the arrival of the refugees, who will need to be clothed and housed when they arrive.

Taking classes through the government-funded Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (www.rstp.ca) is one way to get a full understanding of the responsibilities being undertaken. Workshops cover topics such as: finding suitable accommodation, navigating the health-care system and supporting someone who has experienced trauma or torture.