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

Sign-in will start at 5:45p.m. and the workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Date: Wednesday March 7, 2018
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto

To register please click

Posted: 03/02/2018 - 14:20

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, and Lifeline Syria, are conducting a workshop in Toronto 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).

Date: Thursday February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, OVPRI, 11th floor boardroom, 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 02/21/2018 - 12:50

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to join the webinar "Introduction to the Private Sponsorship  of Refugees Program"

The webinar will cover:

  • Launch of PSR program
  • Program evolvement over the years
  • PSR as part of resettlement
  • Eligibility criteria for sponsors and refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/09/2018 - 11:38

This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Ontario (ON), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.

The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for ON and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for groups sponsoring under the PSR and BVOR programs.

Date: February 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/07/2018 - 09:40

CBC News Calgary - Participants use mediums like painting, sculpting and poetry to share their experiences

A project in Lethbridge is helping refugees use the universal language of art to tell their stories of fleeing war-torn countries for Canada.

When refugees from Syria, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries began resettling in Lethbridge two years ago, artist Amrita Deshpande knew she wanted to help.

"I wanted to find a way to express myself, but also help them find the best way to express themselves," she said. 

Deshpande, who is the artist in residence at the Community Art Centre, reached out to five refugee families, and offered to teach them what she knows best: art.

"One, it's therapy, and two, it definitely brings out your emotions and also attracts people — people get drawn to art," she said.

Twelve-year-old Anwar Ahmed's family was part of the project. She said the process of creating art made her feel nostalgic for her home country.

"Because I can remember everything in Lebanon and what we did," she said. 

Anwar said it also allowed her to pay tribute to her favourite memories from home, like the ocean.     

"Because every day me and my family go down to the ocean and just like walk and watch the ocean," she said.

Deshpande said seeing and hearing the stories of the participants was often overwhelming. 

"One of the refugees drew this picture. His expression was that no one in Syria was safe. Even the trees he's shown bleeding," she said.

"There were bombings, there were planes, there were people dying, there were tankards — and a lot of war situations that he had to flee from there."

To read the full article click here

Posted: 02/07/2018 - 09:25

CBNews Newfoundland Marios Al Bazi came to Newfoundland with mom and brother 2 years ago as refugees.
An 11-year-old boy who came to Canada as a refugee only two years ago with very little knowledge of English is now competitive in class spelling bees.
Marios Al Bazi, and his family, originally from Iraq, were brought to St. John's by a group that raised money to sponsor their immigration from Lebanon — where they had lived for the last several years.
It's been a productive two years for Marios, who's gone from barely being able to speak a word of English to placing fourth in his Grade 6 class spelling bee earlier this week.
"I got 28 out of 35 right and I had fun doing it. I enjoyed doing it," he told the St. John's Morning Show on Wednesday.
Spelling words like fluorescent, paralysis, despondency and instantaneous might be a challenge for any native English speaker. But thanks to his drive to learn, and help from mentor Peter Jackson, Marios has quickly wrapped his head around words just like those.
"He's like a little information sponge. He learns everything as much as he can," Jackson said. "We practice at home and I've also got him into reading the newspaper every once in a while."
To read the full article click here

Posted: 01/29/2018 - 14:21

Unlike individuals resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) Program, privately sponsored refugees are not selected or destined by the government to a particular community in Canada.

In this webinar, Khwaka Kukubo (United Church of Canada), Rebecca Walker (World Renew) and Aleks Dughman-Manzur (Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto) share the case selection processes at their respective Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) organizations.

Join this webinar to learn more about how a SAH might handle a request for sponsorship and ultimately makes a decision on whom to sponsor considering allocations (quotas) and eligibility criteria in the broader context of the global refugee crises.

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

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Date: January 29, 2018

To reg:ister please click here

Posted: 01/23/2018 - 12:40

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