This would be helpful for your clients/sponsors who require help with completing the refugee sponsorship application forms. It's free (pro bono lawyers).

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) (www.refugeessp.ca), will be hosting its next legal clinic in downtown Toronto.

Come to the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program's free clinic to meet with a lawyer who can:

  • Provided information about the requirements of Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
  • Help fill out and review your sponsorship forms

At these legal clinics, Refugee SSP offers free refugee sponsorship application support services from our trained pro bono lawyers.

Refugee SSP is happy to work with you on cases that are being submitted through SAHs, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors as well as One-Year Window applications.

Date: February 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Toronto - details will be provided upon registration.

To register, please contact Refugee SSP via email at: kelsey.lange@refugeehub.ca by January 26, 2018 with some information about the type of assistance you are seeking.

Posted: 01/12/2018 - 13:18

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program dates back to the late 70s in Canada. What are its roots and guiding principles? How has it evolved over time and where are we now?

Join this webinar to find out where refugee sponsors are coming from and where they’re going. Ask questions and share your own experiences during the discussion part of the webinar.


  • Don Smith, Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
  • Brian Dyck, Mennonite Central Committee

Don Smith (Anglican Diocese of Ottawa) and Brian Dyck (Mennonite Central Committee) will sharing what the private refugee sponsorship program looked like at the beginning, how it has changed over time and where it's currently at.

They will focus on the number of submissions/landings/etc. as well as the backlog crisis, resettlement populations and the need for service providers and refugee sponsors to work more closely together.

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

Date: January 15, 2018
Time: 12:300 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

To register please click here

If you are not able to make these webinars, you can view the recording of the webinars here

Posted: 01/11/2018 - 14:46

PNSG invites you to a workshop and information fair: Services and support for privately sponsored refugees and private sponsorship groups in Peel.

PNSG is the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) in Peel designed to support a coordinated and integrated settlement services model t enhance the social and economic inclusion of newcomers, immigrants and refugees to the Peel community.

Date: January 30, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Canadian Coptic Centre, 1245 Eglinton Ave. West. Mississauga

Please register by emailing at: epanlaqui@peelnewcomer.org

For more information contact Esel Laxa Panlaqui at 905-276-0008 ext. 115.

Posted: 01/11/2018 - 12:31

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, and Lifeline Syria, is conducting a workshop 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).

Please note: this session is not an introduction to refugee sponsorship.

Date: January 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (registration will open at 5:45 pm)
Location: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, Room 200 40 Orchard View Blvd. Toronto

Please RSVP by emailing at: info@lifelinesyria.ca 

For more information on refugee sponsorship, please visit the RSTP website (www.rstp.ca/), or call RSTP at: 1-877-290-1701.

Posted: 01/09/2018 - 11:30

CBC News Ottawa - On a frigid winter morning in the Gatineau Hills, two children layered in snow pants, parkas and wooly scarves step into matching pairs of red and white skis. 

"It's fun," smiles eight-year-old Zahra, despite the bone-chilling temperature. 

Zahra and her brother Saad, 12, arrived in Canada at the beginning of 2016. Their family came as refugees from Syria.

They hadn't seen snow before arriving here. Now they're learning to glide through it on cross-country skis.

"We managed to find some skis and some gear for them, and here we are," said Parham Momtaham, one of their coaches. 

A friend of his sponsored Zahra and Saad's family to come to Canada, and mentioned that the kids were interested in learning to ski.

Four coaches at Nakkertok Val-des-Monts will take turns teaching the nine-week course to four Syrian children, including Zahra and Saad. The ski club has waived the usual $90 membership fee for the children.

Momtaham is uniquely qualified to teach the new Canadians, since he was one himself. He immigrated from Iran when he was in his early 20s, he told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning. 

"One of my friends dragged me out on skis," Momtaham laughed, recalling one of his early outings. "I fell 55 times."

Posted: 01/08/2018 - 15:07

CBCNews Family of three is sponsored by Sudbury Project Hope. A family of Syrian refugees has arrived in Sudbury, after a two year journey to find a new home in Canada.

Jinan Dokkak landed at the airport Wednesday afternoon with her mother Noura, and young daughter Pamela. The family fled the city of Aleppo five years ago and had been living as refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

"I am so excited, so happy, to be here finally after two years of hard work," Dokkak said.

"To get to this point, I mean, you feel like your dreams are coming true. To be in a safe place finally, after all the things we have been through."

The family is sponsored by Sudbury Project Hope, a community organization that helps bring refugees to Canada. The organization previously sponsored the Alramadan family in 2016.

Read the full article.

Posted: 12/15/2017 - 09:54

About the course:

This course runs for a period of six weeks: Dec. 13, 2017 - Jan. 24, 2018. During this time, you will have access to the online course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to complete the course at your own pace.

There are two versions of the course. One is tailored to the needs of settlement workers and social service providers, and the other to health service providers.

Course participants will also receive access to the national online Community of Practice (CoP) discussion board, e-newsletter subscription, toolkit of resources, monthly webinar series and other project activities.

To register please click here

Note: There are limited spots available for this course offering. 

Posted: 12/05/2017 - 16:03

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free webinar: Preparing for the Month 13.

This webinar will cover:

  • When should sponsors start preparing for the end of sponsorship
  • Checklist for Sponsors
  • What to consider when preparing newcomers for the post-sponsorship period
  • Services available for Sponsored Newcomers afte the sponsorship period
  • Evaluating Sponsorship Experience

Date: December 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 12/04/2017 - 15:10

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free 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: December 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 12/04/2017 - 15:05

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Group of Five and Community Sponsor.

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: December 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 12/04/2017 - 14:57