On the occasion of International Women’s Day, RSTP and UNHCR are hosting a webinar on the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program and Women at Risk refugees.

Tereza Hadzic, UNHCR Resettlement Associate, will give a brief description of the profiles of Women at Risk refugees, including those identified for resettlement by UNHCR.

Parastoo Aznavehzadeh (BVOR Worker) will explain how sponsors can help resettle Women at Risk refugees through the BVOR program.

Beth Smillie will share her experience sponsoring Women at Risk refugees through the BVOR program.

Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 03/02/2018 - 11:04

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, and Lifeline Syria, are conducting a workshop in Toronto for new and experienced sponsors on Month 13 Planning.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The post-sponsorship relationship and the dynamics of this relationship
  • When sponsors need to start preparing newcomers for Month 13; and
  • The role of sponsors during the "transition period," including important tasks to consider.

During the workshop, Karen Anderson, from Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), will answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Date: Thursday February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, OVPRI, 11th floor boardroom, 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 02/21/2018 - 12:50

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to join the webinar "Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Group of Five and Community Sponsorship" on Thursday February 15, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

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: February 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/09/2018 - 14:38

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to join the webinar "Introduction to the Private Sponsorship  of Refugees Program"

The 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: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/09/2018 - 11:38

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to join the webinar " 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

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/09/2018 - 11:04

This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Ontario (ON), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.

The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for ON and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for groups sponsoring under the PSR and BVOR programs.

Date: February 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/07/2018 - 09:40

CBC News Calgary - Participants use mediums like painting, sculpting and poetry to share their experiences

A project in Lethbridge is helping refugees use the universal language of art to tell their stories of fleeing war-torn countries for Canada.

When refugees from Syria, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries began resettling in Lethbridge two years ago, artist Amrita Deshpande knew she wanted to help.

"I wanted to find a way to express myself, but also help them find the best way to express themselves," she said. 

Deshpande, who is the artist in residence at the Community Art Centre, reached out to five refugee families, and offered to teach them what she knows best: art.

"One, it's therapy, and two, it definitely brings out your emotions and also attracts people — people get drawn to art," she said.

Twelve-year-old Anwar Ahmed's family was part of the project. She said the process of creating art made her feel nostalgic for her home country.

"Because I can remember everything in Lebanon and what we did," she said. 

Anwar said it also allowed her to pay tribute to her favourite memories from home, like the ocean.     

"Because every day me and my family go down to the ocean and just like walk and watch the ocean," she said.

Deshpande said seeing and hearing the stories of the participants was often overwhelming. 

"One of the refugees drew this picture. His expression was that no one in Syria was safe. Even the trees he's shown bleeding," she said.

"There were bombings, there were planes, there were people dying, there were tankards — and a lot of war situations that he had to flee from there."

To read the full article click here

Posted: 02/07/2018 - 09:25

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a free webinar on the Family Composition in PSR Context.

This webinar is going to discuss the IRCC family definition and which family is to be included in the PSR applications. It will also walk the participants through the definition of de facto dependants, adult children and non-dependants and how they are reflected in different PSR application forms.  

Time: 2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m. EST.
Date: Thursday February 15, 2018

To register please click here

Posted: 02/06/2018 - 08:46

CBNews Newfoundland Marios Al Bazi came to Newfoundland with mom and brother 2 years ago as refugees.
An 11-year-old boy who came to Canada as a refugee only two years ago with very little knowledge of English is now competitive in class spelling bees.
Marios Al Bazi, and his family, originally from Iraq, were brought to St. John's by a group that raised money to sponsor their immigration from Lebanon — where they had lived for the last several years.
It's been a productive two years for Marios, who's gone from barely being able to speak a word of English to placing fourth in his Grade 6 class spelling bee earlier this week.
"I got 28 out of 35 right and I had fun doing it. I enjoyed doing it," he told the St. John's Morning Show on Wednesday.
Spelling words like fluorescent, paralysis, despondency and instantaneous might be a challenge for any native English speaker. But thanks to his drive to learn, and help from mentor Peter Jackson, Marios has quickly wrapped his head around words just like those.
"He's like a little information sponge. He learns everything as much as he can," Jackson said. "We practice at home and I've also got him into reading the newspaper every once in a while."
To read the full article click here

Posted: 01/29/2018 - 14:21

Unlike individuals resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) Program, privately sponsored refugees are not selected or destined by the government to a particular community in Canada.

In this webinar, Khwaka Kukubo (United Church of Canada), Rebecca Walker (World Renew) and Aleks Dughman-Manzur (Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto) share the case selection processes at their respective Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) organizations.

Join this webinar to learn more about how a SAH might handle a request for sponsorship and ultimately makes a decision on whom to sponsor considering allocations (quotas) and eligibility criteria in the broader context of the global refugee crises.

Time has been allotted for Q&A at the end of the webinar, so join the conversation.

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Date: January 29, 2018

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Posted: 01/23/2018 - 12:40