The amount of start-up support provided ranges depending on the resources of the sponsor group. IRCC provides a minimum dollar value in the table below.

The amount of start-up support provided ranges depending on the resources of the sponsor group. IRCC provides a minimum dollar value in the table below.

For start-up, sponsors purchase and/or provide:
• household items
• kitchenware
• basic furniture
• linens and towels
• food staples
• clothing/winter clothing
• deposit for utilities
• internet installation
• last month’s rent
• school supplies
• cell phone
• (if possible) computer

• Start-up costs can be reduced by in-kind donations, but can never be replaced entirely.
• Newcomers must receive some money directly to purchase a few new items of their choice.
• Some items such as mattresses, personal clothing, shoes and boots must be purchased new, not donated second hand.

Additional Information:
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) has created an online calculator which includes start-up: http://www.rstp.ca/calc/?lang=en
IRCC’s Information about start-up (click “Start-Up Costs” top right):