Updates

Pioneering Canadian Refugee resettlement program, private sponsorship can still be a bit confusing for people considering it.

To simplify things, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing an information session.

This will be your opportunity to shoot questions and also benefit from the free legal clinic, an initiative of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program.

Participants will also have the opportunity to know more about Groups Of Five and Community.

In addition to familiarizing themselves with forms to fill and the process.

This session will be delivered both in English and Tigrinya.

Date: Thursday, 29th November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m

Location: Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

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


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 11:45

What are the last things that you should check before the refugee you sponsored lands in Canada?

Is there anything that is missing from your checklist?

To avoid unforeseeable events, the Office For Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) is organizing a last preparatory information for private sponsors who received a notice of Arrival Transmission.

Date: Friday, 30th November 2018

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m

Location: Office for Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto, 1155 Yonge Street, Room 4A (4th floor), Toronto

For more information or to register, please click here


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 11:22


Maybe private sponsorship of refugees is  still fuzzy.

To simplify things, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing an information session.

This session will be delivered simultaneously in Amharic and English.

This will be an opportunity for people interested in private sponsorship to learn more about the Private Sponsorship of Refugee Program, Groups Of Five, and Community Sponsors.

Moreover, participants will also be walked through the process and which form to fill.  

Date: Friday, 30th November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m

Location: Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, 945 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

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


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 10:51

The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13 - 22nd of November

Month 13 is a transition milestone for sponsored refugees.

Before they brace themselves to rely less on their private sponsors, it is important to prepare them for what lays ahead.

To help you prepare them, 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: Thursday, 22nd of November 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m EST

To register for this event, please click here.

Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:22

Ottawa Global Shapers in coalition with Love Without Borders is organizing a night of art, performances, and food for a good cause.

Love Without Borders empowers traumatized refugees living in refugee camps in Greece, by inspiring them to express their emotions through painting.

These artworks have been exhibited all over US, Europe, and Asia.

The revenues garnered through that night of art will be given back to the refugees  based in refugee camps to fill their immediate and unmet financial needs.

The remainder will go to a contingency fund for the family of Syrian refugees that the Ottawa Global Shapers are sponsoring through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program.

Date: Wednesday, 21st of November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m

Location: House of Common Studio, 11b Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa

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


Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:15

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is organizing a workshop aimed at front-line workers.

The goal is to equip front-line workers with skills and best practices to work effectively with LGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees.

Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an honest discussion revolving around LGBTQ+ issues.

Relevant resources will also be given to participants.

Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m

Location: Carizon Family and Community Services, 645 Westmount Road West, Kitchener

For more information and to register for this event, please click here


Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:07

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar to simplify things for you.

The following topics will be covered:

Maybe your responsibilities as a private sponsor are still a bit fuzzy. But rest assured!

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar to simplify things for you.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program
  • The importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency
  • Managing expectations
  • Power Imbalance
  • Ethical considerations

Date: Thursday, 20th November 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m to 5 p.m

For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 11/19/2018 - 09:55

Toronto Local Immigration Partnerships is organizing a workshop that will focus on tools, practices, and considerations that can come in handy when working with newcomers with limited formal education and English ability.

Settlement workers will have a training in We Speak Translate project.

This project, in a nutshell, uses the Google Translate application to get rid of the language barrier by establishing a platform for communication between front-line workers and newcomers until they develop their English.

Participants are requested to bring their smartphone or tablet with Google Translate already downloaded on it.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Date: Monday, 19th November 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m
Location: Warden Woods Community Centre, 74 Firvalley Ct. , Benno Barg Room, Toronto

For more information and to register for this event, please click here


Posted: 11/19/2018 - 09:44

Canada’s private sponsorship model has been garnering attention worldwide.  

Through private sponsorship, Canadians are working hands in hands with the government to help refugees transition in their new life.

But what lessons can be derived from this experience?

This will be at the forefront of the debate organized by Queen’s Student For Liberty.

The talk will outline positive repercussions of civil society on immigration.

There will also be discussions on the means to strengthen the system of private sponsorship in Canada.

Date: Thursday, 15th November, 2018

Time:8:00 p.m  

Location: Queen's University, Kingston

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


Posted: 11/13/2018 - 15:53

Do you want to know the ins and outs of refugee resettlement?

To help you navigate through the process, Queen’s Refugee Relief is organizing its annual speaker series.

This year, the series will focus on refugee resettlement education with an emphasis on what community members ought to know to help with refugee resettlement.

As well as what refugees need to know to be able to thrive when moving in their new community.

Date: Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m to 8 p.m EST

Location: Dunning Hall - Queen's University Faculty of Arts and Science, 94 University Avenue, Kingston

To register for this event, please click here


Posted: 11/13/2018 - 15:11

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