The Canadian Unitarian Council is a Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This Agreement allows Unitarian congregations to privately sponsor refugee families from war-torn countries.
Calgary Unitarians have been welcoming refugees for decades, from an early 1980s Boat People family, to a Kosovar family in 1999, to an Ethiopian couple in 2016 and an Iraqi family in 2018. In March 2022, we welcomed a man from Iran who we sponsored in collaboration with members of Scarboro United Church. We are currently awaiting the arrival of a family from Syria and two families from Eritrea. Each arriving family receives financial and social support from our congregation as they settle into Canadian life. On a historical note, Calgary Unitarians also provided sanctuary for Mauricio Romero in 1993