The uOttawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) brings together sponsorship experts, pro-bono lawyers, law students, and community organizations to offer direct support to Canadians seeking to sponsor refugees.

In the context of this major global refugee crisis, individuals, groups and lawyers across Canada are mobilizing to help. There is an amazing amount of energy, and people are reaching out in a way that has not been seen in decades. There are a large number of individuals who are prepared and able to sponsor Syrian refugees, but these groups require assistance in navigating the process.

                                                                                                                                                                        The SSP aims to help harness Canada’s
compassionate response and channel it towards positive impact by
facilitating and supporting private sponsorships of
refugees across Canada.

The SSP is proud to provide registered lawyers with training from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP). The RSTP is a program specifically designed to provide training and support relating to sponsoring refugees and it houses the best sponsorship trainers in the country. With the RSTP’s assistance, over 1,300 SSP Pro Bono Lawyers have been trained to provide support to sponsorship groups across Canada.


 The SSP has three primary components:

  1. A matching program, which provides sponsor groups with direct support from a pro-bono lawyer and law students. This program is available in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Sponsors outside Ottawa should consult our Pro Bono Lawyer list and contact a lawyer directly.

2. A training program in partnership with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), which trains lawyers and law students on the completion of sponsorships, and provides ongoing support for their work through sponsorship experts.

3. A public information program, which provides Canadians with easy-to-understand materials regarding sponsorships.

Learn more about becoming a sponsor or supporting as a Pro Bono Lawyer.