In March 2020, when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the impact was immediate to refugee sponsorship groups like the Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support (DOORS) and others like it across the country. Temporary travel suspensions were put in place both domestically and overseas. There were delays in processing existing applications.
Now as travel restrictions begin to ease, DOORS is doing everything they can to work with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada to bring refugees to Canada.
There are now challenges of finding sponsors here in our diocese. In many cases people who were sponsors before have moved on and there are now new people who may not have considered sponsorship. DOORS is actively looking for more parishes to pursue sponsorship. If you are interested in finding out more about sponsorship, please contact DOORS at firstname.lastname@example.org.