Banned by the Quebec government, churches and faith communities who sponsor refugees want to face their accusers and get some sort of explanation for Quebec’s sudden one-year suspension of refugee sponsorship.
“We find it unacceptable that institutional sponsorship promoting the settlement of refugees in Quebec has been suspended in general,” Canadian Religious Conference executive director Rev. Alain Ambeault told Canadian Catholic News in an e-mail.
At the end of October, Quebec’s government, which runs its own separate immigration and refugee system under an agreement with Ottawa, suddenly suspended all the agencies that normally manage the bulk of refugee resettlement cases. Until November 2021 only independent groups of two to five individuals may submit applications to sponsor refugees. Under the small group sponsorships, successful applications are chosen by lottery.