As a Sponsorship Agreement Holder, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa has been a sponsor of refugees for over 40 years through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

“I was hungry and you gave me food.
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
– Matthew 25.35

The Anglican Foundation application for the Refugee Ministry was successful. It received a grant of $15,000.

The Refugee Ministry – including staff, partners, volunteers and the refugees served – is grateful for a generous $15,000 grant from the Anglican Foundation of Canada. In 2016, following on the Syrian Refugee crisis, a staffed Refugee Ministry was established to serve the many refugees who came from around the world. During that time, many innovative partnerships with a wide variety of community groups were established and maintained. Currently more than 90 community groups are involved as partners.

In 2018, one in every 100 refugees sponsored in Canada was sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Sponsorship applications were approved for 258 refugees. Approximately 200 more applications are in process and on the way now. With the support of this innovative Ministry, its partners, staff and volunteers, and now the Anglican Foundation, refuges will continue to be settled in the city of Ottawa and in surrounding communities.

Find below the 2018 reports of the Refugee Ministry to the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa:

Refugee Ministry Report for the 2018 Synod Journal
Presentation to Synod 2018 – Don Smith
Presentation to Synod 2018 – Joyce Couvrette

“Please tell everybody that we really appreciate everything they have done for us… Thanks for making us feel safe and happy,”
–  The mother of a sponsored family

For more information contact:
Joyce Couvrette
Refugee Ministry Officer
(613) 736-6675