An Ottawa-based network that helped find private sponsors for 685 refugees across Canada with the backing of major philanthropists got a third of its sponsorship groups in Ottawa.
Canada had 1,000 unclaimed spaces for privately sponsored refugees in early August when the Refugee Fund was launched.
Other donors later joined in to help cover the cost of privately sponsoring a refugee for a year.
Sponsors and the federal government split a year of income support for refugees in the program.
Half new sponsors
The cost of privately sponsoring a family of four is $18,100.