The Private Sponsorship of Refugee Program involves two groups: the sponsors and the refugee applicants. Each has rights and responsibilities at every stage of the sponsorship that need to be understood by everyone involved in the sponsorship.
Privately sponsored refugees
Interested in sponsoring refugees as a Group of Five?
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a workshop.
Participants will be able to get information on:
Eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored
How to identify an acceptable proof of refugee status
Creating a group synergy when sponsoring a refugee can be quite difficult.
To help you get there, Islington United Church is organizing a workshop.
Participants will be able to learn:
How to build trust
Create a positive team workshop
Date: Saturday, 22nd of February, 2020
After sponsoring a family of 4 from Colombia, the Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church is a gala to raise money for the sponsorship of another family.
The resettlement process is in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), and the Blended Visa Office Referred Program (BVOR) which matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada.
You can help them by either attending the gala or contacting the church to make a donation.
It can take some time before grasping your responsibilities as a private sponsor towards the refugees that you are sponsoring.
To help you get there, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program 9RSTP) is organizing a webinar.
Attendees will be able to get:
A recap of the sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program
A review of the FAQs on post-arrival financial support
Month 13 is a turning point in the private sponsorship experience.
After all, it marks the end of the financial commitment that sponsors had toward the refugees they sponsored.
However, before getting there, it is important to prepare the refugees for what lays ahead.
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar to help you prepare.
The following topics will be covered:
Coming to Canada as a refugee is far from being an easy process. The procedure is long and tedious. Refugees go through various steps which consist of several layers of approval and screening; with the displaced person’s file being reviewed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Interpol, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and similar databases in allied countries.
On the 4th of June 1969, Canada signed the 1951 Convention pertaining to the status of refugees, 18 years after it was adopted by the United Nations. Since then, Canada has forged quite a reputation as being a leader in refugee resettlement. Unlike economic immigrants, refugees did not make a conscious choice to leave their country to seek a better life elsewhere. They fled their country because they are at risk of, or have experienced persecution.