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CTVNews Ottawa - It's hard to imagine a group of grads looking happier than they did today.

Fifteen of them, all Syrians, all part of Algonquin College's first class of Culinary and Job Skills for Newcomers to Canada. When they stepped foot on Canadian soil several months ago, these Syrian refugees were embarking on new lives.

Now, they're embarking on new careers, embracing their country and a whole new way of life.

For Samir Massoud, this is a proud moment, as he dons his graduation gown.  It is the fulfillment of a dream that started almost exactly one year ago, when he and his family came to Canada from Syria.

“I came from Syria on July 26th,” he says, in surprisingly good English, “The situation there was terrible. Thanks to Canada, I’m safe, my family.  I feel great.”

It is great, too, for him to stand alongside 14 other Syrian refugees at the H building at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.  They are the first graduates of a new class at Algonquin for newcomers from Syria, in culinary and job skills.

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Posted: 07/20/2017 - 12:10

Are you interested in knowing how to sponsors refugees from overseas as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor and need to know how?

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in partnership with Menonite Central Committee (MCC) will conduct an information session on G5 and Community Sponsorship options. 

In these session, you will learn what a G5 and Community Sponsorships are, what the requirements are for sponsoring through those streams and what forms you will need to fill. 

Come and learn about G5 and Community Sponsorship and have your questions answered by experts in the field of Private Refugee Sponsorship (PSR).

Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room Upstairs 50 Kent Avenue Kitchener, Ontario

To register please click here

Posted: 07/19/2017 - 11:57

Are you interested in knowing how to sponsors refugees from overseas as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor and need to know how?

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in partnership with Menonite Central Committee (MCC) will conduct an information session on G5 and Community Sponsorship options. 

In these session, you will learn what a G5 and Community Sponsorships are, what the requirements are for sponsoring through those streams and what forms you will need to fill. 

Come and learn about G5 and Community Sponsorship and have your questions answered by experts in the field of Private Refugee Sponsorship (PSR).

Date: July 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre 85 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3C7

To register please click here

Posted: 07/19/2017 - 11:37

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) will be hosting its next legal clinic in downtown Toronto.

Come to the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program's free clinic to meet with a lawyer who can:

  • Provide information about the requirements of Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
  • Help fill out and review your sponsorship forms

Refugee SSP is happy to work with you on cases that you are planning to submit through your SAHs as well as Groups of Five or Community Sponsors.

Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Loction: Dowtown Toronto - datails will be provide upon registration.

To register, please contact Refugee SSP via email: refugeessptoronto@gmail.com by August 2, 2017.

Posted: 07/18/2017 - 16:18

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), in collaboration with the Immigrant Services of Guelph-Waterloo is hosting a Training workshop For Settlement Workers

Topics will include:

  • Application Process
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Application forms – Sponsors and Refugees
  • Reviewing forms

Date: July 21, 2017
Time:
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:
Immigrant Services, 104 Dawson Rd., Unit 102, Guelph

To register please click here

Posted: 07/14/2017 - 12:30

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for new and experienced sponsors that will provide an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program.

Topics covered, will include:

  • Recent changes and updates to the PSR program
  • Specific requirements for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors
  • Eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored
  • The sponsorship process
  • Which forms need to be completed
  • The One Year Window (OYW), why it is important and how it works

Light Refreshments will be provided. 

Date: July 27, 2017
Time:  5:45 p.m.8:00 p.m.

To register, please click here

Posted: 07/10/2017 - 11:50

This webinar will cover:

  • Launch of PSR program
  • Program evolvement over the years
  • PSR as part of Resettlement
  • Eligibility criteria for sponsors and refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: Thursday July 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 14:36

This webinar will cover:

  • Overview of G5 sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors)
  • Overview of CS sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors)
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Application forms for G5 and CS
  • Application forms for refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: Monday July 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT 

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 14:23

This webinar will cover:

  • Sponsors’ responsibilities
  • Connecting with Settlement Services for Newcomers
  • Ethical Considerations in Sponsorship
  • Managing Expectations
  • Preparing for Month 13

Date: Wednesday July 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT 

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 14:18

As someone working on the frontlines with newcomers to Canada, including refugees, we ask for your help in telling them about the need to file an income tax and benefit return to continue getting benefit and credit payments.

Newcomers could be eligible for payments such as the Canada child benefit (CCB) and the credit for the goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax. These, and related provincial and territorial benefits and credits, help many newcomers and their families as they transition and settle into a new life in Canada. If eligible, families earning less than $30,000 in net annual household income could get up to $6,400 (annual) in CCB payments for each child under six, and $5,400 for each child aged 6-17.

To continue getting benefit and credit payments, individuals have to file a return on time every year, even if they did not earn income. Their spouse or common-law partner must also file a return.

Many newcomers have already filed their returns, but if you know someone who has not yet done so, encourage them to file as soon as possible to continue getting payments in July without interruption. If they need free help with their return, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program clinics are available in various locations across the country.

To find a clinic, please visit cra.gc.ca/volunteer.

We have multilingual (English, French, Arabic) posters that provide more information. For print-ready copies, please contact us at Commsupp-G@cra-arc.gc.ca and we will be happy to e-mail them to you.

Posted: 06/19/2017 - 13:37

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