AURA will tell you how much money you need to raise/provide before we can submit your sponsorship application to the government of Canada. We generally use the Government Cost Table amounts as a guide (see table).
Funds are required prior to submission because the signatories to the application become financially liable as soon as an application is submitted. At AURA, we are responsible for ensuring all sponsored newcomers receive adequate financial support, and therefore require a large portion of the money be provided in advance.
Location of Funds:
Most AURA sponsorships involve an Anglican Church, which holds/disburses the funds on behalf of the sponsors. In some cases, AURA holds/disburses the funds. Sponsors will coordinate disbursements with the Church/AURA to ensure newcomers receive timely payments.
Even if there will be significant in-kind support, the Government Cost Table amounts are required before submission. In some special circumstances, AURA may submit an application before this amount is reached, and these exceptions will be determined by AURA on a case-by-case basis.
• IRCC considers each child over the age of 18 an adult. They must receive their own money monthly for basic needs, transportation and communication even if they are dependents residing with the rest of the family.
• Additional funds will therefore be required for each child over the age of 18.
• Be aware of children turning 18 while the application is in process, or during the sponsorship year.
For Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Sponsors:
Refugees sponsored through the BVOR Program will receive 6 months of financial support directly from the government. The amount required before submission is approximately 50% of the Estimated Total Cost.
More information about the Government Cost Table: http://www.rstp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Sponsorship-Cost-Table_May-2018.pdf