Brottier Refugee Services
BROTTIER REFUGEE SERVICES is a Non Profit organization set up to assist private sponsors to welcome refugees to Canada. Spiritans have signed a legal agreement with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada as Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) in private Sponsorship Program (IRPR152).
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Since the late 1970’s, the Spiritans of the TransCanada Province, have been responding to the needs of refugees fleeing countries ravaged by war and hunger and seeking a new homeland. The Spiritans played a welcoming role for refugees when in 1979, there was a mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees as they left their war-torn country in over-crowded boats. Since then, Spiritans have continued to assist Canadian sponsors to help refugees fleeing civil strife, war and famine, from many places including, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Kosovo, Albania, Chechnya, Laos, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Central America, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Congo, South Africa and Iraq.
Brottier Refugee Services has evolved into a non-residential program committed to providing assistance to privately sponsored and government assisted refugees as they begin a new life in Canada. Please note, that Brottier Refugee Services is not able to assist in sponsoring refugees who do not have a private sponsor (family or relative) already here in Canada.
Brottier Refugee Services is named in honour of Blessed Daniel Brottier, a Spiritan who devoted his life to lightening the burden of many human sorrows. He established orphanages and schools for abandoned children in Auteuil, France. He took residence at Auteuil among the abandoned children and orphans and showed them the love they needed.
Brottier Refugee Services provides:
- Advice on the criteria for private refugee sponsorship in Canada.
- Assistance with the documentation required to be completed by sponsors/refugees.
Brottier Refugee Services is a Non Profit organization. We receive no direct government support. Donations given go towards the care of refugees and so your assistance is greatly appreciated. A tax receipt will be given for donations ($20 and above) for Brottier Refugee Services.
Cheques can be made payable to Spiritans (Memo: Brottier Refugee Services)
Donations may also be made through the Spiritan page on CANADA HELPS
Brottier Refugee Services
c/o Spiritans, the Congregation of the Holy Ghost
34 Collinsgrove Road,
New Applications Discontinued
We regret to inform you that the Spiritans will not be submitting any new applications in 2019 and 2020.
Although the Spiritans are committed to saving lives, there have been many recent changes that make new applications impossible for us at this time.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began by initiating a program that requires SAH’s and co-sponsors to closely monitor new arrivals. Immigration officers then started to make direct calls to newcomers and request personal information, both financial and non-financial. Coupled with this program is the introduction of new financial rules; the main thrust of these new rules is the requirement that all SAH’s replicate the government’s policies and develop expensive administrative capacity. Further, the amount of paperwork necessary to satisfy the new program has been overwhelming.
The Spiritans continue to work diligently at providing the necessary information to IRCC in order to maintain our certification; however, the requests have been numerous and nonstop and our resources are severely limited.
Since April, there have been several meetings between SAH representatives and IRCC for a more reasonable approach; however, progress has been minimal. IRCC did not yield to our requests even after intense discussions at the end-May SAH Conference in BC. Without some relaxation of the rules, the Spiritans will be unable to resume submitting new applications if we wish to continue working at servicing already submitted cases abroad and supporting new arrivals.
We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may have caused and we urge you to approach other SAH’s or seek other sponsorship avenues (e.g. Group of 5 or Community Sponsorship).
We are not accepting new applications at this time for general sponsorship of refugees abroad under Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program. Intake will reopen once we complete a revision of our refugee program.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) initiated a program in 2019 that requires SAH’s and co-sponsors to closely monitor new arrivals. They now require us to provide personal information of newcomers and their family members, both financial and non-financial. Coupled with this program is the introduction of new financial rules; the main thrust of these new rules is the requirement that all SAH’s replicate the government’s refugee assistance program (RAP) policies. Towards the end of 2019, the Spiritans began to develop policies and procedures that would allow us to fulfil the new IRCC monitoring rules bearing in mind our limited resources. However, progress was halted in early 2020 due to the general lockdown as a result of COVID-19.
Details of the new rules can be viewed at:
Please be sure to check this website regularly and especially before calling the Spiritans Office regarding questions related to PSR case intake.