The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar: Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs.

This RSTP webinar provides an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship programs; the history and launch of the PSR program; and, the PSR program as part of global resettlement efforts.

Date: May 4, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 11:57

Education has the potential to be a healing and empowering process for refugee students. The child-centred spaces of school and classroom are ideally suited to support integration into a new community and help normalize experiences of displacement. Yet educational systems are often ill-equipped to facilitate the transition of students arriving with complex experiences of uprootedness, war, violence, and trauma. So, what strategies and pedagogies can teachers use to ease the transition for refugee students in their schools? How can educational policies guide and support teachers working with refugee students as they navigate education, resettlement, and well-being? 

New research in Canada has found significant gaps in research, policy, and teacher preparation when it comes to supporting K-12 refugee students in Canadian classrooms. One way to address those gaps is to explore the methods and experiences of educators working with refugee children outside Canada. Can the national and transnational exchange of educational policy and practice provide solutions and new approaches to support refugee learners and educators in a 'globalized' classroom.

On May 31, join Dr. Snežana Ratković, Brock University (Canada) in conversation with Dr Stavroula Kaldi, University of Thessaly (Greece), to discuss the experiences of refugee students in the classroom and beyond, current educational policy gaps when it comes to supporting refugee students, and successful strategies that teachers, resettlement officers, and school administrators can use to ease the transition for refugee students in schools.

Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 10:38

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) would like to invite you to an informative and inspiring evening with Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' representative in Canada. 

Jean-Nicolas Beuze will talk on the global refugee crises and how Canadians can help by sponsoring refugees through the BVOR program. Open discussion to follow.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze is the UNHCR’s representative in Canada. He has worked with the United Nations in the areas of human rights, peacekeeping, and child protection in countries as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Libya, Uganda, Iraq, Sudan and Syria. He has also researched issues related to peace agreements, transitional justice and human rights systems. Jean-Nicolas holds a LL.M in international human rights law and a Master in international relations. 

Please note: The BVOR program has a specific list of refugees needing sponsorship. RSTP offers other workshops appropriate for those wishing to sponsor relatives, friends or named cases.

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, The Commons (POD 250), 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

To RSVP please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 10:26

The Centre for Community Based Research invites you to a Webinar: Setting Immigrants and Canada Up for Success Toolkit for Faith and Settlement Partnerships Webinar.

Dialogue with the aouthors and learn how to facilitate partnerships between faith-based groups and settlement organizations.

To learn more about the Faith and Settlement Partnership Project please click here

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

To register please contact Jessica Dyck at jessica@communitybasedresearch.ca

Posted: 04/19/2018 - 15:22

In Search of the Gold Standard: Conference on Citizen Refugee Sponsorship

Canada’s model for the sponsorship of refugees by citizen groups is recognized throughout the world as an innovative way forward. But we know the model is not perfect, and we can do better.   

We may have different perspectives and experiences, but we all have a common interest in having a successful sponsorship system for refugees in Canada.

This Event is for:

  • Members of sponsorship groups with lived experience of sponsorship
  • Members of Sponsorship Agreement Holder organizations
  • Members of social agencies and support groups dealing with refugees
  • Government officials from all levels involved with refugee issues 
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Those wishing to become sponsors

Some of the questions to be explored: 

  • What have we learned about citizen sponsorship that we can build on and share with others?
  • How can we innovate to build more capacity into the system and make it more sustainable?
  • What can governments, businesses and civil society do to encourage more citizen sponsorships?
  • What can be done to improve notification arrangements for processing, approvals and arrivals?
  • How can existing sponsorship groups be encouraged to take another refugee family?
  • How can English-as-a-second language (ESL) programs be strengthened?
  • What are the best ways of addressing employment issues for refugees and integrating refugees into Canada?
  • How can a strong national organization representing citizen sponsors be formed and sustained?

This conference offers a chance for us to meet, discuss our various experiences and help shape recommendations on policies and procedures which will to improve citizen sponsorship in Canada. Most of the time of the conference will be devoted to interactive sessions which will fully engage participants, and Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders will be speaking during lunch. 

Please join us as we work together to strengthen citizen sponsorship of refugees in Canada, and establish it as the gold standard for refugee settlement, not only in Canada, but in other countries as well. 

Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Registration 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Sears Atrium, 245 Church Street Ryerson University
Registration Fee: $25 (including lunch)

To register please click here

Posted: 04/18/2018 - 14:12

RSTP’s partners, the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) 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:

  • Provide information about the requirements of Canada's Private Sponsorship Program
  • Hel fill out and review your sponsorship forms

At these legal clinics, Refugee SSP’s pro bono lawyers, that have been trained by RSTP, offer free assistance with completing the refugee sponsorship application forms and other application support services.

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

Date: Saturday May 05, 2018
Location: Details will be provided upon registration

To register, please email kelsey.lange@refugeehub.ca by April 27, 2018 with some information about the type of assistance you are seeking.

Posted: 04/17/2018 - 15:22

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program RSTP, in collaboration with the Cambridge Community Church is organizing a Training Workshop in Cambridge for Community Sponsors on April 13, 2018.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about:

  • Community Sponsorship
  • Who can be sponsored
  • Eligibility and Admissibility
  • Requirement for Comm. Sponsorship
  • New application forms
  • Financial requirement and assessment
  • Sponsorship Process

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge Community Church, 73 Pollock Avenue, Cambridge, ON N1R 2B4

To register please click here

Posted: 04/06/2018 - 10:45

Join the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program and The Refugee Hub to learn an overview of the pathways to sponsorship, to gain an understanding of what it takes to complete a successful sponsorship, and to have the chance to talk to experienced sponsors and lawyers

Date: March 15, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Human Rights Research and Education Center, 57 Louis Pasteur Private (Fauteux Hall) 5th floor, room 570 Ottawa

To register please click here

Posted: 03/09/2018 - 11:56

Join the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, The Refugee Hub, and DOORS to learn an overview of the pathways to sponsorship, to gain an understanding of what it takes to complete a successful sponsorship, and to have the chance to talk to experienced sponsors and lawyers. Join us later on in the afternoon to work one-on-one with a lawyer to assist you in your case.

  • Information Session on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Legal Clinic- assistance with applications: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Date: March 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bath Road Baptist Church, 193 Bath Road. Kingston Ontario

To register please click here

Posted: 03/09/2018 - 11:40

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for individuals who are preparing for a private sponsorship of a refugee/refugee family under Group of Five sponsorship.

Topics covered will include:

  • Requirements for Groups of Five
  • Which forms need to be completed
  • How to complete the forms
  • Hands on and step by step completing the settlement plan and financial assessment form
  • Recent changes and updates to the PSR program

Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact May Amouri (mamouri@rstp.ca).

Date: March 21, 2018
Time:  5:45 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th Floor, Mississauga

To register please click here

Posted: 03/09/2018 - 11:30