Minimum Financial Support
Monthly Support
Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP):
RAP is the federal program through which government assisted refugees receive financial support. Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) sponsorships receive 6 months of RAP.

Private sponsor are contractually obliged to provide monthly financial support equal to or more than RAP rates. RAP rates for families with children are low, and sponsors often provide more to ensure needs are met. However, RAP rates for adults (anyone over 18) are closer to a reasonable living amount.

Adult Children: If there are adult children in the family you are sponsoring, 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.

Other RAP Benefits: RAP also provides special allowances for maternity food, clothing, newborns and special dietary needs. If these are relevant to your sponsorship, you must provide, at minimum, the same amounts.

For complete information on RAP Rates, including senior’s rates and special allowances, click here http://www.rstp.ca/en/sponsorship-responsibilities/resettlement-assistance-program-rap-rates/

Calculate the RAP Rates for your sponsorship:


Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR): For refugees sponsored through the BVOR Program, 6 months of financial support is received from RAP directly. You must provide the same amount (or more) for the other 6 months. Please contact AURA if you would like clarification around your minimum requirements.

Start-Up Costs
Start-up costs refer to one time payments at the beginning of a sponsorship to help newcomers get established.
They include:
• household items
• furniture
• linens
• food staples
• clothing
• winter clothing
• deposit for utilities
• phone installation
• first month’s rent
• school supplies

Please see IRCC’s Information about Start-Up Costs:
http://www.rstp.ca/en/sponsorship-responsibilities/resettlement-assistance-program-rap-rates/

Start-up costs can be reduced by in-kind donations, but they can never be replaced entirely. Newcomers must receive some money directly to purchase their start-up items.

Please see IRCC’s list of Maximum In-Kind Deductions: http://www.rstp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Start-up.pdf

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