Are you still having some confusion in regards to who can be sponsored under the private sponsorship?

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is trying to simplify things through a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Who can sponsor under the PSR program?

  • Who can be sponsored?

  • Refugee status documents

  • What are they and who needs them?

  • An overview of sponsors' financial and settlement responsibilities under the PSR program

Date: Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m to 5 p.m

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 10/31/2018 - 17:08

What does it take to be the private sponsor of a refugee and what responsibilities does it entail?

You might get the answers to this question through the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP)’s webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • An overview of the refugee sponsorship program

  • The history and launch of the PSR program

  • The PSR as part of a global resettlement

Date: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 10/31/2018 - 16:56

How to best carter to vulnerable newcomers’ needs? This is the question that Findhelp Information Services/211 Central will try to answer through its online training course.

This free e-learning course has four components:

  • Introduction to Information and Referral

  • Assessment Skills

  • Navigation Skills

  • Service coordination, follow-up and crisis intervention

This online course targets settlement workers or others who have direct contact with immigrants and refugees. The enrollment will be limited to 40 front-line settlement workers, Moreover, it will be on first-come-first-serve basis.

Date: Monday, 5th November to Sunday 2nd of  December, 2018

Time: 12:00 A.M EST

For more information or to register, please click here

Posted: 10/31/2018 - 13:52

What are the trends in forced migration of people threatened by war and abuse?

This will be the topic of discussion of the one-day symposium organized by Conflict Research Centre.

Academics, stakeholders, and government representatives will facilitate the discussion.

Date: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m

Location: Saint Paul University AMPHITHEATRE, 223 Main Street, Ottawa

To register for the symposium or for more information, please click here.  

Posted: 10/30/2018 - 10:32

Do you need help to navigate through the sponsorship experience?

Refugee 613 is organizing a one-day forum that will give sponsors a toolkit to be better sponsors.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Expectations Vs Reality: This workshop will lay emphasis on your expectations as a sponsor, power dynamics, maintaining healthy boundaries, and resolving conflict

  • Cross-cultural communication: how do you endeavor to communicate across cultures?

  • Trauma and mental wellness: This workshop will focus on how to spot the signs of trauma, and when and how to provide the most useful support to refugees

Date: Sunday, 4th November, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m

Location: University of Ottawa - Faculty of Social Sciences Building, 120 University Private, 4th Floor, Ottawa

For more information or to register for this event, please click here

Posted: 10/30/2018 - 10:19

Are you considering private sponsorship of refugees and have questions?

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing an information session that aims to give an overview on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) in Canada.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Who can be sponsored to come to Canada?

  • Who can sponsor?

  • PSR process

  • PSR obligations and rights of sponsored refugees

  • Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 7th of November, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m to 8 p.m EST

Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 3660 Hurontario Street,7th floor ,Mississauga

For more information or to register for this event, please click here

Posted: 10/30/2018 - 10:12

CBC - Kendall Dewey, 66, was desperately looking for someone to take over the commercial fishing business that had been in his family for four generations.

If Dewey Fisheries closed, shops and restaurants in the area could be left without a source of local seafood. So Dewey contacted employment agencies and scouted people locally who might have an interest.

His search was falling short until he met ​Slieman al-Jasem, a refugee from Syria who'd never cleaned a fish before — but had a knack for learning quickly and a desire to run his own company.

Dewey and his wife Joanne had been starting their days before dawn, seven days a week. They'd been spending more than 70 hours each week laying and hauling traps, weighing and processing the daily catch and meeting with suppliers and buyers.

Last year, Dewey said, they decided they were "getting too old" and wanted to retire.

The family met al-Jasem at a local diner, where they watched a documentary about his life.

After a few more meetings, they chose him as their heir to the business. 

Now al-Jasem is learning how to scale and fillet the fish, and may eventually take over the fishing license as well. In just a few days, Dewey said, al-Jasem became faster than he was at processing the catch.

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted: 10/25/2018 - 16:25

CBC NEWS - If Mohamad Almaidani has any opening day jitters, they don’t show when he picks up his straight razor.

Expertly flicking his way through the first shave of the morning, it’s easy to see how Almaidani has built a huge following in Corner Brook during the past two and a half years.

His schedule is packed with appointments for his first day in business as the owner of Mo’s Corner Barber Shop, a venture he calls “a dream.”

It’s a world away from 2016, when Almaidani, his wife and two young sons arrived in the frigid, dark expanse that is Newfoundland in February.

“I start[ed] from zero,” he recalled.

Almaidani, 35, had been a barber in his home city of Damascus for more than 17 years before he and his family fled Syria in 2012. They spent the next several years in a refugee camp in Jordan, where their youngest son was born, before an Anglican church group sponsored their relocation to Corner Brook.

“I had no money, nothing — only $300,” he said, adding he also felt culture shock on arrival.

But Almaidani did have two things: impressive barber skills, and an impressive work ethic.

About a month after the family’s arrival, Almaidani landed a job as a barber at a local salon, Silver Scissors and Spa. There, his skills quickly set him apart from just about anyone else styling men in Corner Brook.

“His haircuts looked a lot different than what you would see regularly around Corner Brook,” said Andrew Fillatre, one of Almaidani’s first clients at Silver Scissors, and the very first man through the doors at Mo’s Corner Barber Shop.

Almaidani doesn’t simply snip split ends. He begins each client’s treatment with a charcoal nose mask, adds in a warm towel facial, and is meticulous with his always-sharp blades.

That blend of old techniques and contemporary skincare caught on, and despite bouncing around between a few salons in the city, Almaidani built a loyal following.

Knowing he could count on his devoted fanbase, Almaidani was able to make the entrepreneurial leap.

“When you work so hard, and you get your dream, your own shop, it’s very nice. You feel something different, a mix of sadness, and...”

His voice trailed off as he tried to find the words to describe his bittersweet tangle of emotions that there is perhaps no easy way to sum up.

“Not too many places give strangers, or refugees [help]. I was a refugee in Jordan, I didn’t see that there,” he said.

The welcome he says he has received in Newfoundland has been overwhelming, and a relief after his family’s years of turmoil.

“Let me talk as a refugee. We are looking for safety, and nice people — that's it,” he said.

To read the full article, please click here.


Posted: 10/25/2018 - 15:32

GlobalNews- A group created by people who came to Canada as Syrian refugees is fundraising to help others in the same situation.

The group is trying to raise $50,000 via a fundraising campaign to expand its services.

“We wanted to make something useful for this beautiful city,” Loai Al Rifai, a co-founder of the Nova Scotia Syrian Society, said on Tuesday.

He came to Canada as Syrian refugee about two years ago. Al Rifai said he’s working on becoming a doctor again and wants to help other Syrian newcomers achieve their dreams.

Al Rifai said members of the group want to fund accounts to provide interest-free loans for members dealing with emergencies. They also want to offer microloans for members to start businesses or improve their education.

The group created a school last year for children. It’s housed in an apartment building’s common room and a YMCA’s room. The subjects taught include Canadian culture, Arabic culture, and computer skills, he said.

To read the full article, please click here

Posted: 10/24/2018 - 16:37

Do you need an overview of the PSR changes affecting guidelines and forms post May 1st 2018?

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is doing a webinar focused on this subject.

Date: Thursday, 25th of October, 2018

Time: 2:00 P.M to 3:00 P.M

Please click here to register

Posted: 10/24/2018 - 10:43