Updates

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

The OttawaCitizen - When Syrian refugees began arriving by the planeload in Ottawa around Christmas time, many wondered where they would all live in a city with a severe shortage of affordable housing. But in a development that has surprised even settlement workers, all the government-sponsored refugees 1,112 of them have already found permanent housing.

Posted: 04/22/2016 - 10:10

Refugee families need lots of "starter kit" items for their homes.
Many refugee families have just moved into or will be moving into homes in Waterloo Region in the coming months. There is a new effort to better coordinate donations and gather items that we know are of immediate need.  “Starter kits” should be made up in quantities appropriate for four people.
For details on the contents of different starter kits please click here

Posted: 04/18/2016 - 15:15

Ryerson University, Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) invites newcomer Syrians to a free financial literacy workshop (in Arabic).
This workshop will introduce participants to the Canadian financial system.
Topics include:

  • Canadian money
  • Average costs of living in Toronto
  • What is a Budget

You can read more and register for this event on Eventbrite

Posted: 04/06/2016 - 09:58

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