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

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

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC): Reminds you of your responsibilities to ensure that all personnel employed by or volunteering with you to deliver our programs should be fully screened in accordance with applicable policies, laws and regulations including, where necessary, criminal record checks. This is particularly applicable where your staff or volunteers are dealing with vulnerable populations.
Please find below additional information regarding criminal record checks and the screening of volunteers on the RCMP and Volunteer Canada websites:

IRCC understand this to be a very busy and strenuous time for all Service Providers partnering with IRCC to deliver our Settlement and Resettlement programs and many of you are dealing with an overwhelming outpouring of volunteers.

Posted: 05/06/2016 - 10:20

Syrian refugees are beginning to settle in Canada with the help of organizations like COSTI Immigration Services, funded by the Government of Canada.
Reception centres provide refugees with access to health and counselling services, and orientation sessions that prepare them to find new jobs.
Children can attend the art therapy sessions to help them cope with post-traumatic stress.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Resettling to Canada: Welcoming Syrian Refugees video.

Posted: 05/04/2016 - 12:04

The Syrian Refugee Medical Assessment Translation Tool is available for free to health care providers for mental health screening. It was developed to help reduce language barriers between Syrian refugees and healthcare providers.
These free, secure online tools have been developed to allow patients to complete a full history and mental health screening in Arabic or Armenian, with the results automatically translated to English for healthcare providers to review and add to the patient record.
Collecting this information in the patient’s first language can help ensure a more complete and accurate history is collected, including concerns around sensitive issues such as mental health.
For more information please visit the website

Posted: 05/03/2016 - 15:28

This summer, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is proud to offer 350 free spots to refugee children in Canadian summer camps across the country. Accredited Camps are providing hundreds of free spaces at their camps for children ages 4-15 who have come to Canada as refugees in the last three years.
Thanks to the generous donations from Accredited Camps across Ontario, we are offering free spots to a variety of camps, including:

  • Day or overnight camps
  • Specialty camps
  • Religious or non-religious camps
  • All boy, all girl, or co-ed camps
  • One week or multi-week camps

Agencies, Organizations, Sponsors and Families must first complete an application form for the family.
For more information or to apply please click here

Posted: 04/27/2016 - 14:59

Ryerson University, Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) invites newcomer Syrians to a free financial literacy workshop (in Arabic).
 This workshop will be the second (out of 5) of our financial literacy series. This workshop will introduce participants to banking in Canada.
Topics include:

  • Banking
  • Banks vs. Credit Unions
  • Chequing vs. Saving Account
  • Saving for the Future
  • Mobile Banking Applications
  • Opening Bank Account
  • Fees and Service Charges
  • Newcomer Banking Packages

You can read more and register for this event on Eventbrite

Posted: 04/26/2016 - 12:14