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The terms and definitions in this glossary are from the Dictionary of Terms produced by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program.

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Matching Centre (MC)

Office located at IRCC NHQ that is responsible for brokering between IRCC offices located in Canada and Visa posts overseas regarding the destining and matching to sponsors of selected refugees who have been successfully processed and are ready to travel to Canada. The MC is also responsible for the destining of some GARs as well as coordinating Notice of Arrival information.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

A memorandum of understanding is a document used to articulate an agreement between two or more parties.  The document may be used between SAHs, CGs/Co-sponsors to outline expectations, responsibilities, and/or financial arrangements for their particular sponsorships. Unlike the undertaking to sponsor document, which is a contract, a memorandum of understanding is not intended to be a legally binding agreement. 

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