Updates

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), will be hosting a Webinar for Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This webinar will cover:

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

Date: September 20, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
To register please click here

Posted: 09/20/2017 - 10:37

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) in partnership with Deer Park Library invites you a free training session on sponsors’ responsibilities and refugees’ rights in the PSR context.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The responsibilities of groups engaged in private refugee sponsorship
  • The rights of privately sponsored refugees
  • Possible areas of disputes

Date: October 7th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Deer Park public Library, 40 St. Clair Ave. East. Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 09/20/2017 - 10:11

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - OCASI invites you to a webinar: Leading the Way in Mental Health Promotion for Refugees and Newcomers.

This webinar will provide an overview of some policies and practices that will promote refugee and newcomer client mental health, as outlined in OCASI's new Mental Health Promotion Guide for Agencies Serving Immigrants and Refugees in Ontario. It will explore practical challenges and solutions that executive directors and managers should consider while leading policy change at the agency level. This webinar is designed for agency executive directors, board members, and management.

The webinar will address the following questions:

  • What is the role of immigrant and refugee serving agencies in promoting clients’ mental health?
  • How can agency leadership help enact organizational change that will promote clients’ mental health?
  • What are some challenges you as agency leadership might face during this process?
  • What are some strategies your agency can use to address these challenges?

Webinars will be designed and facilitated by Across Boundaries, a mental health centre leading the way in providing mental health and addictions support to racialized communities, in collaboration with Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Webinars take place at the dates and times below. Attendees are kindly requested to register for the specific webinar they wish to attend by clicking on the registration link provided.

Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

Date: September 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa

Posted: 09/08/2017 - 11:10

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - OCASI invites you to a webinar: Leading the Way in Mental Health Promotion for Refugees and Newcomers.

This webinar will provide an overview of some policies and practices that will promote refugee and newcomer client mental health, as outlined in OCASI's new Mental Health Promotion Guide for Agencies Serving Immigrants and Refugees in Ontario. It will explore practical challenges and solutions that executive directors and managers should consider while leading policy change at the agency level. This webinar is designed for agency executive directors, board members, and management.

The webinar will address the following questions:

  • What is the role of immigrant and refugee serving agencies in promoting clients’ mental health?
  • How can agency leadership help enact organizational change that will promote clients’ mental health?
  • What are some challenges you as agency leadership might face during this process?
  • What are some strategies your agency can use to address these challenges?

Webinars will be designed and facilitated by Across Boundaries, a mental health centre leading the way in providing mental health and addictions support to racialized communities, in collaboration with Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Webinars take place at the dates and times below. Attendees are kindly requested to register for the specific webinar they wish to attend by clicking on the registration link provided.

Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

Date: September 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa

Posted: 09/08/2017 - 11:03

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a webinar on the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program and the Eritrean refugees.

Tereza Hadzic resettlement associate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR) will join the webinar to provide:

  • A brief description of the profiles of Eritrean refugees, including those identified for resettlement by UNHCR
  • Discussion on the prospects of durable solutions, including resettlement, for Eritrean refugees

 Parastoo Aznavehzadeh ( BVOR Worker) will provide:

  • An explanation of how sponsors can help resettle these refugees through the BVOR program.

Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

To register, please click here

Posted: 08/28/2017 - 14:51

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) is hosting a free information session in Ottawa for sponsors and newly arrived refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship;
  • The refugee sponsorship application process; and,
  • Other potential immigration streams available to newly arrived refugees to bring their family and friends to Canada.

The session will be conducted in English, and attendees will have the opportunity to consult with pro bono lawyers from the Refugee SSP during the session.

Sign-in will start from 6:15 pm and the session will start at 6.30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited; attendees are kindly requested to register.

Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2nd floor, Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa

To register, please click here

Posted: 08/28/2017 - 14:32

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), will be hosting a Training workshop For Groups of Five and Community Sponsors in Mississauga.

Topics will include:

  • Application Process
  • Who can be included
  • Application Forms - Sponsors/Refugees
  • Review Forms

Parking: is free please obtain a parking permit in the lobby

Date: August 30, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th Floor, Mississauga

For registration, please click here

Posted: 08/28/2017 - 14:21

You are invited to participate in a web-based survey about private sponsorship of Syrian refugees.  Our goal is to learn more about private sponsors of Syrian refugees, their motivations and their experiences. Your responses to this survey will contribute to a greater understanding of Canada’s unique private refugee sponsorship program.

The survey was developed by a team of independent researchers at the University of Toronto and York University (listed below). We are not affiliated with government or any other organization.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and your participation in the survey is completely voluntary. All information will be anonymous unless you wish to provide contact information for a follow-up interview. No one will be able to identify you, your responses to this survey will remain confidential, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study. 

Please consider filling out the survey by accessing the following link: Refugee Sponsor Survey

You can also visit our website or contact us by e-mail at privatesponsors@gmail.com

This survey is confined to private sponsors of Syrian refugees.  If you are sponsoring or have sponsored refugees from elsewhere and would like to communicate with us about your experience, please contact us by email.

Because Quebec operates a separate private sponsorship system, we are not able to survey Quebec sponsors at this time.  If you are in Quebec and wish to communicate with us about your sponsorship experience, please contact us via email.

Posted: 08/23/2017 - 11:24

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five.

The workshop will provide an in-depth look into sponsoring refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program as a Group of Five.

Topics covered will include:

  • The specific requirements for Group of Five Sponsors sponsoring under the PSR program
  • Eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored by Groups of Five
  • The sponsorship process; which forms need to be completed
  • How to complete the forms
  • A step-by-step guide for Groups of Five Sponsors on how to prepare and submit a complete and successful application package.

Sign-in will start from 5:45 p.m. and the workshop will start at 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP.

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 5:45p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto

To register please Click here

Posted: 08/21/2017 - 15:14

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

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

At these legal clinics, Refugee SSP offers free refugee sponsorship application support from their pro bono lawyers that have been trained by RSTP. 

Refugee SSP is happy to work with you on cases that are being submitted through SAHs as well as Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.

To register, please contact Refugee SSP via email: refugeessptoronto@gmail.com by August 31, 2017.

Date: Saturday September 9, 2017
Location: Downtown Toronto - details will be provided upon registration.

Posted: 08/17/2017 - 11:13

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