Financial Responsibilities
Information for AURA Sponsors

You are required to provide enough financial support to reasonably meet the needs of the newcomer(s) you sponsor. They must receive enough money to cover the cost of housing, basic needs, transportation and communication for one year. We cannot tell you exactly how much a sponsorship will cost, as every sponsored newcomer is unique.

However, we can tell you what your minimum financial obligation will be – both in terms of monthly financial support and start-up costs. These minimum amounts are determined by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and based on Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) Rates.

As sponsors, it is your responsibility to ensure you understand this information.

AURA’s higher standard: In addition to IRCCs’s requirements, AURA sponsors are required to repay the travel loan issued to newcomers. In situations where the family’s reasonable needs exceed the minimum RAP amounts, as will be the case for most families, sponsors must be prepared to provide additional support to ensure a reasonable living standard is provided.

•Start-up costs can be reduced by in-kind donations (furniture, clothing, even housing). However, some items must be new (e.g. mattresses, undergarments, footwear).

•The minimum financial support requirements are in place to ensure the newcomers have agency and financial independence. Therefore, you will never be able to provide ALL sponsorship support in-kind (even in situations where family members are involved in supporting newcomers).

•Family composition is important when calculating minimum monthly financial support: If there are children over 18 yrs of age, they must receive their own money every month for basic needs, transportation and communication EVEN IF THEY ARE DEPENDENTS RESIDING WITH THE REST OF THE FAMILY.

Section 1: Minimum Financial Support
Section 2: Funds Required Prior to Submission vs. Estimated Total Cost
Section 3: Sponsorship Budget
Section 4: AURA Info sheets on Finances
Section 5: IRCC’s FAQ’s on Financial Obligations

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