Why do some sponsorships succeed while others fail?

What if cultural differences were the root of the disputes?

How do private sponsors and refugees navigate through cultural differences to meet halfway?

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) will try to answer these answers through a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Dimensions of culture

  • Aspects of cultural differences

  • Gender Roles

  • Family dynamics

  • Linguistic and non-linguistic communication

  • Differences within the “similarly perceived cultures”

  • Refugee experience

  • Where do we meet?

Date: Wednesday, 31st of November, 2018

Time: 2:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M

To register for this webinar, please click here.


Posted: 10/23/2018 - 09:36

ChekNews - William Goldiet fled Sudan in 1994 and lived, initially, as an illegal migrant in Lebanon.

“If I remained [in Sudan], I don’t know if I could have been alive today or if I would’ve been dead,” Goldiet said. “Because I know many people who lost their lives.”

He became a refugee shortly after arriving in Beirut and spent the next 15-and-a-half years of his life in Lebanon.

Finally, two churches sponsored him to come to Canada.

“It’s very hard,” he said. “Losing people you grew up with… and then you find yourself in a strange country where you know nobody.”

Despite the freedoms promised here, it was not an easy decision to leave his community behind.

“When you lose your community, it’s a great loss,” he said. “We have a saying in Africa: ‘I am who I am because of who we all are.’ So when you lose that community, you become powerless.”

He eventually became a settlement worker for the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.

To read full article, please click here.

Posted: 10/22/2018 - 14:53

What should sponsors consider when the sponsorship period comes to an end?

When should they start preparing for month 13?

Moreover, what services and financial assistance are available to newcomers once they are “left on their own”?

These are the kind of questions that the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) will try to answer through a webinar.

Date: Tuesday, 30th of october, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Posted: 10/22/2018 - 10:09


Do you need to find legal information or you need assistance to address your legal problems? RSTP’s partner the refugee Sponsorship Program (Refugee SSP) is organizing a legal Clinic on the 30th of October in Toronto.

At this legal clinic, Refugee SSP will offer free refugee sponsorship application support services from their RSTP trained pro bono lawyers.

Consequently, people will be able to get assistance with their SAHs, Group of Five, Community sponsors, as well as One-Year window applications.

To register, please contact Refugee SSP via email at: refugeessptoronto@gmail.com by October 23, 2018 with some information about the type of assistance you are seeking.

Posted: 10/18/2018 - 11:25

TheStar- Since its 2016 inception, Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) has vetted and developed skill profiles for more than 10,000 refugees now in Lebanon and Jordan — 30 per cent of them with an undergrad degree or above and half with intermediate to full English proficiency.

With an established — and still expanding — talent pool as well as backing from the United Nations Refugee Agency, the project has reached out to Canadian employers and is using Canada as the testing ground to bring in skilled refugees on work permits and maybe even as permanent residents.

TBB is partnering with the Canadian government, the UN and RefugePoint, an agency that promotes refugee resettlement and self-reliance, to divert refugees in Kenya and the Middle East to Canada through a pilot program.

The pilot has the support of Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the Yukon.

All candidates must go through the same stringent requirements to qualify.

Kris Braun, Bonfire’s director of engineering, said the company is looking to double its size and would require a number of talented software developers, who are in short supply.

“Canada’s tech industry is growing at a fast rate and we struggle to find good (job) candidates,” he said.

“Refugees are trying to rebuild their lives after fleeing wars and conflicts. Part of it is to hold meaningful work. This is a win-win for us.”

To read full article, please click here

Posted: 10/17/2018 - 16:52

TheStar -  It seemed an insurmountable challenge for a Regent Park church congregation to come up with $12,000 for nine plane tickets from Burundi to Toronto, let alone for a penniless refugee living in a shelter.

Members of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church were faced with this daunting task this summer when they learned a parishioner’s husband and eight children were granted permanent residence visas to join her in Canada but she couldn’t afford to fly them over.

“We were amazed how quickly they were willing to engage in a conversation with us, and willing and able to act for the family immediately,” said Father Walter Hannam of St. Bartholomew’s, who added that without Miles4Migrants it would have been impossible to achieve all this before the visas expired.

Jill Aitken, a parishioner at St. Bartholomew’s, said Miles4Migrants ended up covering seven plane tickets while she and her husband paid for one, and the refugee woman herself insisted on scraping money together for the remaining ticket.
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Posted: 10/17/2018 - 16:30

Canadian Immigrant - When the Hadhad family arrived in Canada along with thousands of other Syrian refugees, they had one dream; to find peace.

For more than 20 years, the family had run a successful chocolate business in Damascus, but it was destroyed in a bombing in 2012. After fleeing Syria, they spent nearly three years living in a refugee camp in Lebanon before arriving in Canada in December 2015.

Shortly after their arrival, they were invited to a community potluck in their new home town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and brought the one item they viewed as a symbol of celebration: chocolate.

They made the first pieces in their home kitchen, the same way they started in Syria back in 1986. The chocolates were met with resounding praise by the community.

Their Canadian chocolate business, Peace by Chocolate, was born soon after and has became a prime example of what happens when a community comes together to support newcomers’ dream and ambitions.

The Hadhad family’s story caught international attention when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned them at the United Nations in February 2016.

“Everyone wanted to know what are the Syrians doing? That made me realize it’s really time for me to stand out and send a positive message,” says Tareq Hadhad, general manager of Peace by Chocolate.

To read the full story, please click here.  

Posted: 10/17/2018 - 11:15

Reuniting refugees who are in Canada with their family members who are abroad can be a long and tedious process.

How do you make sure that this process is done correctly to avoid delays?

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) will try to answer this question through a workshop.

The following topics will be covered:

  • IRCC’s definition of family
  • Adult children
  • De facto dependants
  • One Year Window Of Opportunity Provision (OYW)

Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m EDT

Location: Trinity United Church, Friendship Hall, 20 FIRST AVE, Uxbridge

For more information, please contact Inas Hamid (Ontario RSTP trainer) by phone at 905.273.4140 ext. 6239 or email at ihamid@rstp.ca.

Posted: 10/15/2018 - 11:52

Recognizing and appropriately treating mental health problems among refugees can be challenging.

To help address this problem, Hong Fook Mental Health Association is organizing a mental health training workshop.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Understanding the impacts of trauma on an individual’s mental health

  • Recognizing the influences of culture, cultural identity, stigma on refugees’ mental health

  • Cultural assessment and culturally competent care plan to assist refugees

Date: Wednesday, 24th of October, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m

Location: 9100 Jane Street, Building H, Units 56-67, Vaughan

For more information and to register, please click here

Posted: 10/15/2018 - 11:45

Are you a private sponsor who is wondering how to help the refugee that you sponsored integrate the Canadian society?

Search no more! The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar focused on why it is important to manage expectations, power imbalance, ethical considerations and why it is essential to connect newcomers with a settlement agency.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

Posted: 10/15/2018 - 10:01