ACCESS International English Language Centre is launching a new English Language (ESL) camp in Hamilton this summer for teens, ages 12 - 18.

There are twenty (20) free spots to local Hamilton participants.

The camp will bring both international and local immigrant teenagers together where they will improve their English language skills and take part in fun learning oriented teacher-guided trips and activities.

Camp participants can choose to take part in the morning classes only (free) or take both morning classes and afternoon activities (cost of $75 per week)

Have fun on local tour activities such as:

  • Wild Waterworks park
  • Dundurn Castle
  • Niagara Falls
  • CN Tower
  • Hiking
  • Barbecues
  • Team building activities
  • Laser tag
  • Rafting on the Grand River

Date: June 26 to August 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hillfield-Strathanllan College 299 Fennel Ave. West, Hamilton

For more information or to apply for one of the twenty free spots, please contact Wendy Gillanders at:

E-mail: wendy@accessenglish.com
Phone: 416-935-0457 ext. 2400

Posted: 06/15/2016 - 10:14

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites Settlement Workers and the Private Sponsors of Refugees Program to a Workshop.

This free workshop is intended for Settlement Workers assisting clients that have come to Canada through private sponsorship. The goal is to assist you in supporting your clients by gaining a thorough understanding of how the private sponsorship of refugees program works, what to do if conflict arises between sponsors and newcomers, and the various ways that you can provide support.

Topics including:

  • The different categories of Canadian refugee resettlement
  • Main sponsoring groups and their responsibilities
  • The role of a settlement worker in a private sponsorship
  • What you can do if there is a sponsorship dispute
  • Services available to support you

Date: June 16, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
Location: Friend’s House 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto

Registration is required.

Posted: 06/14/2016 - 15:48

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital have been working together to find ways to respond to the mental health needs of Syrian newcomers during and after the current resettlement surge.

Starting in March 2016 the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Service at CAMH will launch a refugee mental health and wellness service called the New Beginnings Clinic. 

While this service has been developed in response to the resettlement surge of Syrian people, services will not be restricted to this group but will be available to all refugees in their first two years in Toronto.

The service has two components:

  1. Case consultation - provides primary care providers with access to psychiatrists and social workers for discussion and advice on client/patient cases.
  2. Psychiatric consultation and, when appropriate, brief culturally sensitive interventions for newly arrived refugees (eg., GARs, PSRs  and refugee claimants) with psychological issues or concerns. 

Case consultation provided in component #1 may result in a recommendation for psychiatric consultation and brief culturally sensitive intervention in the CAMH service.  Please find details below on how to access either service component.

For general inquiries or for case consultation requests please contact the clinic’s information line. 

New Beginnings Clinic Info Line: 416-535-8501 ext. 31683

Posted: 06/06/2016 - 16:27

Jusoor is partnering with the Faculty of Law at Windsor University to provide the "Jusoor Windsor Law Scholarship for a Syrian Refugee" for one Syrian student currently living in Canada to pursue a Master’s Degree in Law.

The scholarship is open to Syrian students who have moved recently to Canada and are living in Canada currently.

Eligible criteria:

  • Student must be Syrian or have a Syrian passport or ID

Selection criteria:

  • Academic achievement (applicants should have a law degree (such as an LLB or JD) or be exceptional students with an undergraduate degree in a law-related discipline)
  • Personal achievement
  • English language ability to complete the academic program
  • Interest in and commitment towards rebuilding Syria

Application deadline: June 26, 2016.

For more information and to apply please click here

Posted: 06/06/2016 - 09:58

CJRU - The Scope (Campus/Community radio by Ryerson) and CultureLink invites newcomers in Canada to a series of radio workshops.

The workshops are free and provide training for those interested in having their own radio show, involvement in community media which provides a platform to share their stories in Canada, as well as providing a resource for employment portfolio building.

It is a 6-week program with two sessions every week.

Host your own radio show and learn new skills:

  • Production
  • Show Programming and proposal development
  • Audio recording and editing

To register please click here

For more information click here

Posted: 05/25/2016 - 10:02

The City of Toronto's Newcomer Office invites you to this year's annual Toronto Newcomer Day celebrations at City Hall.
During our annual celebrations Nathan Phillips Square will be alive with free, family-friendly activities and entertainment to officially welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions.
Toronto Newcomer Day is especially meaningful this year given the overwhelming outpouring of support from Toronto communities in light of the national Syrian refugee resettlement effort.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

For more information about Toronto Newcomer Day please click here

Posted: 05/17/2016 - 13:52

Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) invites you to launch of the Syrian Newcomer Project. A unique and exciting Project that will empower 500 Syrian newcomers to rebuild their lives in Canada through skills training and acquiring certifications and licenses to practice selected occupations in Ontario.
Through this Project, ACSA will equip Syrian newcomers with the tools and connections they need to get a job: certification, license, and connection.
The skills training will be offered hand-in-hand with parallel supports for employment, language programs, educational opportunities, professional networks, and community connections.

  • Date: May, 25, 2016
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Dorset Park Community Hub, 1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105, Scarborough

For more information or to RSVP by May 20th, 2016 at: Phone: 647-210-9466
E-mail: anedal@agincourtcommunityservices.com

Posted: 05/12/2016 - 12:08

Training for Private Sponsors of Syrian refugees and Information Fair about services and supports for Syrian refugees in Peel Region.
This event aims to inform private sponsors about support services and supports for Syrian refugees in Peel Region, help them to effectively plan and prepare for the arrival of Syrian families.
Various service providers in Peel region will have displays on their services and will have conversations with private sponsors.
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program staff will also provide information on what is expected of sponsors during the sponsorship period; which forms are required to complete, etc.
Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Road West.
For more information and to register please click here

Posted: 05/10/2016 - 10:57

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health invites those working/volunteering with Syrian Refugees to a webinar.
Webinar description: 
In this webinar we examine the issues affecting Syrian refugees’ mental health and well-being at this stage of their resettlement process, about half a year after arrival. Mahmoud Allouch, Syria Program Coordinator at the Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) shares some of the challenges and recommendations for service providers gathered by the ACCT team in Toronto.
Date: August 10, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST
To register please click here

Posted: 05/09/2016 - 13:23

Calgary Herald "We understand what they're feeling": Syrian Refugees in Calgary step up to help Fort McMurray fire evacuees.
When Rita Khanchet saw images of a vicious wildfire destroying homes and uprooting tens of thousands of people in Fort McMurray, she immediately thought of Syria, the homeland she fled just five months ago with her husband and young son.
Syrian refugees across Calgary are now giving what little they have to northern Albertans, after Khanchet posted an appeal in Arabic on a private Facebook group the newcomers created and frequent.
“(Canadians) gave us everything. And now it’s time to return the favour,” she wrote. 

Posted: 05/06/2016 - 15:15