Updates

Helping refugees find work is one of the main priorities of private sponsors.

However, in practice it is far from being an easy task.

To help private sponsors assist refugees in securing a job, Islington United Church is organizing a workshop.

Date: Saturday, 2nd of February, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m

Location: 25 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 01/28/2019 - 15:55

The interview with the Canadian visa offices (VO) is a milestone for the refugee you sponsored.

After all, this means that the refugee is very closed to be granted permanent residence.

To help you prepare for the interview, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • How to prepare for the interview when invited

  • What helps refugees tell their stories during the interview

  • Duties of the refugee during the interview

  • What to expect during the interview

  • How can sponsors help

  • Common challenges

  • Main reasons for refusal

Date: Friday, 1st of February, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m

To register or for more information, please click here


Posted: 01/28/2019 - 15:41

From the very start of the private sponsorship, private sponsors and refugee fear Month 13.

Still, it is one of the milestone in the refugee resettlement.

To help you prepare for this fateful month, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • When should sponsors start preparing for month 13

  • What to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13

  • Services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13

  • Evaluating the sponsorship

  • The post-sponsorship relationship

Date: Wednesday, 30th of January, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m

For more information or to register, please click here


Posted: 01/23/2019 - 09:46

Vicarious trauma is the cumulative effect of being exposed to survivors of disasters, violence, or people who are struggling.

It is the side effect of witnessing cruelty or hearing distressing stories.

Private sponsors are vulnerable to vicarious trauma as the refugee they help often comes with a lot of baggage.

To help private sponsors cope with vicarious trauma, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Concept of vicarious trauma

  • How it affects private sponsors

  • Ideas about how to protect oneself while helping those who have been subjected to trauma

Date: Tuesday, 29th of January, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m EST

To register or for more information, please click here


Posted: 01/22/2019 - 16:43

Refugee sponsorship entails a number of moral, financial, and legal responsibilities.

To help you grasp your responsibilities, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities

  • The importance of connecting newcomers with settlement agency

  • Managing expectations

  • Power imbalance

  • Ethical considerations

Date: Tuesday, 29th of January, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 01/22/2019 - 15:07

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression are very common among refugees.

Blame it on the fact that most of them have been subjected to separation from home, torture, imprisonment, arrest, and deprivation.

On top of that, the uncertainty of their situation may lead to anxiety, tension, negative feelings, and feelings of helplessness.

A mental health strategy might come in handy to help mitigate the damage and increase refugees’ resilience and recovery.

To help you understand mental health, its threats, and challenges to sound mental health, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

Date: Monday, January 8th, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 01/22/2019 - 15:01

Cultural sensitivity is a set of skills that enables one to understand and learn about other people whose background is different from theirs.

This skill set is very important for sponsors who will have to deal with refugees who are of different cultures.

To help you develop cultural awareness, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar.

This webinar will provide private sponsors with information pertaining to cross-cultural communication styles.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Dimensions of culture
  • Aspects of cultural differences
  • Visible and non-visible aspects of culture
  • Individuals and family dynamics
  • Verbal and nonverbal communications
  • Differences within the “similarly perceived” cultures
  • The refugee experience
  • How to meet halfway

Date:Saturday, 19th of January 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m EST


Please click here to register

Posted: 01/16/2019 - 10:26

Things do not always go as planned.

Maybe after submitting your application, there were new information that needed to be added or you wanted to add a dependent.

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar that will explain how to update an application that you have already submitted.

  • The importance of keeping Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) up to date with the changes in circumstances
  • Who to contact and when
  • How to add dependents post submission

Date: Friday, 18th of January, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m


To register or for more information, please click here



Posted: 01/14/2019 - 10:48

Developing cultural awareness is one of the first thing that you need in order to get on the right foot with the refugee you sponsored.

To help you be culturally sensitive, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Dimensions of culture

  • Aspects of cultural differences
  • Visible and non-visible aspects of culture
  • Individual and family dynamics
  • Verbal and nonverbal communications
  • Differences within “similarly perceived” cultures
  • Refugee experience

Date: Thursday,17th of January, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m

To register or for more information, please click here


Posted: 01/09/2019 - 12:28

The application process for private sponsorship can be stressful and quite complex.

To help you submit a successful application, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • An overview of the application process
  • Updates and changes affecting the process
  • Who can be included in an application package
  • What kind of supporting documents can be included in the application
  • How to complete the forms as a Group Of Five
  • Completing the form as Community Sponsors
  • The requirements for proof of funds
  • How to complete the refugees’ forms

Date: Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m

To register for this webinar, please click here


Posted: 01/07/2019 - 10:33

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