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Refugee Sposorship Training Program in partnership with the Town of Whitby Ethno-Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee, and Welcome Centre Immigrant Services serving the Durham Region invites you to an information session: Family Reunification – How to Sponsor Refugees Info Session (in Arabic & English).

This session will cover:

  •  Family reunification through refugee sponsorship
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • What is proof of refugee status?
  • Who can sponsor?
  • Steps in the sponsorship process and One Year Window applications

Date: Wednesday July 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Whitby Central Library 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario

For registration, please call Ana Fabroa 905-420-3607 or email afabroa@unemployedhelp.on.ca before June 28, 2017

Posted: 06/14/2017 - 11:19

Are you interested in sponsoring a refugee or a refugee family, but do not have a particular refugee or refugee family in mind?

You can help sponsor a refugee or a refugee family through the Blended Visa Office Referred  ("BVOR") program, a cost sharing initiative  between Private Sponsors and the Government of Canada.

The BVOR program  RSTP is hosting a webinar to provide details about refugees matched under this program and to answer any questions that you may have on this wonderful Program.

This webinar will explain who can sponsor or be sponsored through the BVOR program, as well as the financial requirements and settlement responsibilities associated with being a sponsor.

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017  
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 06/14/2017 - 10:26

CBCNews - The Livelihood Project combines a community space, agency and app to help newcomers find careers.

Thousands of refugees and other newcomers arrive in Toronto every year, but many struggle to find a job, let alone one they want.

To solve that, problem Arash Samimi co-founded The Livelihood Project  - a community space, an agency and a mobile app all designed to help newcomers find employment and build careers.

While supports for refugees and immigrants are already available, Samimi says his effort is different.

"With the recent influx of refugees and newcomers to Canada, many organizations have stepped up to help these people," he told CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "However, the problem that remains is the question of how are these people going to have long-term careers and get integrated into Canadian markets."

Samimi says The Livelihood Project goes further because beyond just finding refugees a job, it helps them develop the skills necessary to have a long-term career.

"[We're] helping these people develop those skills that are adaptable to the changes in the economy."

Samimi's efforts share some similarities to services provided by YMCAACCES Employment and the City of Toronto, its smartphone app sets it apart.

And while the mobile app is the centrepiece of The Livelihood Project by providing a roadmap to users of how to get to the career of the choice, it's supplemented by the project's other pillars, including its café.

"The technology on its own is not going to help without having interaction with [others, so the] café exists as a community centre, a training centre, and as a resource centre," Samimi added.

The Livelihood Project was launched in 2015 and has already drawn the attention of non-profit organization Mitacs, which has given Samimi its Social Entrepreneur Award at a gala Thursday night.

The project has taken a lot of time to complete, but Samimi says he has invested so much time in it because he loves giving back to the community.

"As a citizen of this planet I'd love to help people. I'd love to make a change. I want to see technology help people."

Posted: 06/13/2017 - 11:09

CBCNews - Many of the Syrian newcomers who helped organize the lunch were fasting themselves.

Syrian newcomers hosted a free lunch on Sunday for homeless and low-income Torontonians as a way of giving back during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. 

"We want to show other people how Muslims are in Ramadan, we need to show others we have ... to give our help to other people," said Mohamad Alhaj, who arrived in Toronto 18 months ago. 

The event was spearheaded by Mes Amis Canada, an organization that has helped settle 3,000 refugees in the country over the last 18 months. 

Over a hundred volunteers, many of whom were refugees or newcomers, helped out at the event.

Read full article

Posted: 06/13/2017 - 10:52

The Ontartio Council of Agencies Serving Immigrantas invites you to participate in Refugee Settlement Support Project Best Practices Webinar Series for frontline staff.

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program is a nation-wide project that trains lawyers and law students to assist refugee sponsorship groups with the refugee sponsorship application and process.

Speaker:

  • Kelsey Lange, Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (RSSP)

Join us with RSSP’s Toronto Legal Coordinator, Kelsey Lange, to find out more about this free service and how service providers can make use of this resource.

Date: June 27, 2017 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 06/09/2017 - 15:43

The Ontartio Council of Agencies Serving Immigrantas invites you to participate in Refugee Settlement Support Project Best Practices Webinar Series for frontline staff.

How can frontline settlement service providers respond and support privately sponsored refugee clients in a potential conflict situation?

What about disputes and sponsorship breakdowns - what is the role of a frontline worker?

Speaker:

  • Suneet Kharay, RSTP

Join us with Ontario RSTP Trainer, Suneeet Kharay, to find out more some of the best practices, practical tips and community resources. Share your own successful mediation strategies during the discussion.

Date: June 26, 2017 
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 06/09/2017 - 15:28

The Refugee Sponsorship Program (RSTP) in collaboration with our partners, is hosting workshops across Ontario starting June 20th, 2017 in celebration of World Refugee Day.

Refugee Sponsorship: Best Practices & Demystifying Misconceptions

Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of the common settlement challenges in refugee sponsorship and best practices
  • Ethical considerations and practices for refugee sponsorship
  • Demystiying misconceptions about refugees

Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto Public Library - Brookbanks Library, 210 Brookbanks Drive.

To register please click here

Posted: 06/08/2017 - 16:19

The Refugee Sponsorship Program (RSTP) in collaboration with our partners, is hosting workshops across Ontario starting June 20th, 2017 in celebration of World Refugee Day.

Topics covered will include:

  • How to sponsor refugees
  • The rights of sponsored refugees in Canadfa
  • Sponsoring ethics
  • Best practices for Settlement
  • Demystifying misconceptions about refugees

Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: First Baptist Church 255 Woolwich Street Guelph, Ontario

To register please click here

Posted: 06/08/2017 - 16:11

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Crossroads Clinic is pleased to offer webinar on Navigating the Ontario Healthcare System II. Webinars for Front-line Staff.
Many settlement workers report knowledge gaps which limit their ability to support government sponsored and privately sponsored refugee clients as they navigate and access IFHP benefits and mental health care.  
Building on the webinars conducted in early 2017, these additional webinars aim to provide front-line staff with further guidance on these specific areas of the Ontario healthcare system.
Date: July 3, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
To register please click here
For more information, please e-mail Sanaa

Posted: 06/07/2017 - 11:18

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Crossroads Clinic is pleased to offer webinar on Navigating the Ontario Healthcare System II. Webinars for Front-line Staff.

Many settlement workers report knowledge gaps which limit their ability to support government sponsored and privately sponsored refugee clients as they navigate and access IFHP benefits and mental health care.  

Building on the webinars conducted in early 2017, these additional webinars aim to provide front-line staff with further guidance on these specific areas of the Ontario healthcare system.

Date: July 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please e-mail Sanaa

Posted: 06/07/2017 - 11:16

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