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Collective Sponsorship Program for refugees

Quebec approves 750 applicants for Refugee Collective Sponsorship Program

In the first draw of the year for its Collective Sponsorship Program for refugees the province of Quebec has selected 750 of the 1,546 applicants entered in the random draw.

Quebec’s Collective Sponsorship Program for refugees allows groups of 2 to 5 natural persons or non-profit organizations to submit an undertaking application for the benefit of refugees.  

The contacts for the groups whose applications were selected in this random draw have been notified through their Arrima account. Arrima is Quebec’s Expression of Interest system for skilled worker immigration applications and other types of immigration applications and document uploads.

Refugee selection under Quebec Refugee Collective Sponsorship Program

Millions of refugees throughout the world are courageously waiting to find a home where they can rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. Resettlement in Québec is one of the solutions available to nearly 2,000 government-assisted refugees each year. For more information and definitions, see Quebec humanitarian immigration.

The Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship) allows groups of 2 to 5 natural persons or non-profit organizations to submit an undertaking application for the benefit of refugees. Those refugees must be recognized abroad by the federal government in one of the following categories: refugee within the meaning of the Geneva Convention or person from a host country.

The 2020-2021 submission period for undertaking applications took place between April 6 and May 5, 2021, entirely devoted to applications from groups of 2 to 5 natural persons. The intake of undertaking applications for categories and subcategories of legal persons is suspended until November 1, 2021.

For more information, visit the page Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship).

Each member of the group of 2 to 5 natural persons must comply with all the conditions of the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship).

The Ministère has planned a two-step process for submitting undertaking applications. For detailed steps on how to submit an undertaking application, visit Submitting a collective sponsorship application.

How does it work?

Note that the first step for Quebec Refugee Collective Sponsorship Program is currently closed. The first step was to send your undertaking application by completing the Step 1 undertaking application form A-0546-BF (in French only), and uploading it to the Arrima platform accompanied by all the required documents, between April 6 and May 5, 2021. You can no longer submit an application but the information below will help you prepare to apply when the process opens up next.

Step 1 – To submit your application:

1. Designate a spokesperson from your group

2. Complete the form: Étape 1 de la demande d’engagement A-0546-BF (in French only)

3. Prepare your documents

4. Create an account on the Arrima platform

5. Submit your undertaking application on the Arrima platform

Step 2 – Random draw and submission of undertaking applications:

More than 750 admissible undertaking applications were submitted to the Ministère between April 6 and May 5, 2021. A random draw under the supervision of an external auditor and in the presence of witnesses was held on June 9, 2021 and 750 candidates were selected.

If an application submitted by your Group in Step 1 is randomly drawn by the Ministère, you will receive a message in your Arrima account explaining the following steps in the process and indicating when you can submit your undertaking application.

To submit your undertaking application, you must complete the Step 2 undertaking application A-0546-KF form (in French only), include all of the required documents, and submit it on the Arrima platform. The link to download this form will be sent to you in your Arrima account.

To find out more, consult Step 2 on the page Submitting a collective sponsorship application.

About Arrima

  • Arrima is free. It is not necessary to retain the services of a paid individual to submit an application. If you choose to be represented by a paid individual, make sure that they are one of the representatives authorized by the Ministère.
  • Any electronic communication sent by the Ministère as part of your undertaking application will be made via your Arrima account. You will receive an email notifying you that a communication has been deposited in the message centre of your Arrima account.
  • Beware of ill-intentioned people posing as government officials. To this end, consult our Notice on Internet fraud page.


Consult the tutorials designed to facilitate your experience in Arrima and to help you submit your undertaking application.

If selected for Quebec Refugee Collective Sponsorship Program

Are you a government-assisted refugee who has been selected abroad by Québec? Below is a typical immigration process based on the experiences of other refugees. Take the time to read it. It will give you a general idea of the steps that may apply to your situation.

  1. Being selected by Québec
    Whether you are a refugee or interested in humanitarian immigration in Québec, find out about Québec’s procedures for selecting refugees abroad under Quebec’s Collective Sponsorship Program.
  2. Preparing before departure to make your integration into Québec easier
    You will soon be leaving for Québec. If possible, take advantage of the waiting period before your departure to prepare and learn more about your destination. This will make your integration into Québec that much easier.
  3. Proceeding to the Immigration Québec office upon arrival at the airport
    You have reached your destination. Consult this section for a brief overview of the entry and reception formalities that await you.
  4. Taking steps to successfully integrate into Québec
    The Government of Québec and several of its partners will guide you in your efforts in order to facilitate your integration.
  5. Bringing your spouse or children to Québec
    If you have been in Québec for less than a year and your spouse or children listed on your immigration application were unable to accompany you when you left, there are specific procedures for bringing them to Québec.