No one is a refugee by choice. Refugees are forced to flee out of fear for their lives and liberty.

In February 2016, the Cowichan Intercultural Society received approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to become a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH).

SAHs assume overall responsibility and liability for the management of sponsorships under their agreement. SAHs can authorize other groups in the community to sponsor refugees under their agreements.

A model for the world

Canada is the first country in the world to have a refugee sponsorship program where private citizen and community are directly involved in the resettlement of refugees from abroad. It has become a model for other countries around the world.


Becoming a refugee sponsor (click here for more information)


If you are interested in taking action to assist refugees, please contact Cowichan Intercultural Society for information.


Carolina Martino

Sponsorship Agreement Holder Coordinator

250-748-3112 ext 207