Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar: Financial Planning for PSR.

This webinar will walk you through the financial planning and education in the context of post arrival ( PSR), it will shed some light on:

  • sponsor-refugee decision making on financial support and expenditure
  • cultural aspect of spending and use of mone
  • awareness on market targeting of new comers and how they contribute to common mistakes during the first year after arrival and beyond.

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 08/02/2018 - 15:58

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar: Calculation matters! Are you calculating your G5 sponsorship costs right?

Group of Five sponsorship applications have at times been returned/rejected by IRCC due to discrepancies in cost calculations on the application forms.

This webinar aims to illustrate how to budget for G5 sponsorship and where to reflect numbers on the said forms.

The webinar will also tackle the new guidelines and the updated Sponsorship Undertaking and Settlement Plan form.

Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 08/02/2018 - 15:53

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) invites you to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) information session

This is a monthly information session that provides an overview of Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) in Canada, it will provide general information on the following topics:

  • Who can be sponsored to come to Canada?
  • Who can sponsor?
  • PSR process
  • PSR obligations and rights of sponsored refugees
  • Q & A

Individual cases will not be discussed during the session, but you are most welcome to connect to have your application discussed in a one-on-one session afterwards.

Date: August 1, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services 3660 Hurontario St. 7th Floor, Mississauga

To register please click here

Posted: 07/31/2018 - 11:52

Al-Fanar Media - A new handbook on refugee education offers teachers practical suggestions for working with children who have experienced war, displacement and trauma. The authors of Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth, Jan Stewart and Lorna Martin, have published the digital edition of their book as a free download, to make it easily available to professionals working with young refugees. The book is the result of a three-year research project in four provinces of Canada to find the best practices and programs to support children from refugee backgrounds.

At the heart of the book is a collection of 30 lesson plans to prepare teachers for working with refugee children, and 11 lesson plans for teachers to use with refugee children. The lessons for students focus on “knowledge of self, knowledge of others and knowledge of the cultural environment.”

It is based on the Canadian experience of welcoming refugees: in 2018, the government of Canada plans to admit 310,000 immigrants, of whom 46,500 will be refugees.

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Posted: 07/24/2018 - 15:55

OPTIONS - When my parents decided to immigrate to Canada in the 1980s, they were sponsored by family members who they knew would be waiting for them at the airport. When you ask them today what the greatest factor was in their decision to immigrate to Canada, they say that it was knowing they’d have a support network waiting for them. The daunting journey was made much easier for them because they knew they had a support system that was prepared to help them find a job and show them the nearest church, grocery store and park. If they had a problem, they had a community of people only a phone call away who could help them navigate the new country they found themselves in. This was the basis upon which they built their new life, which turned into a successful immigrant story.

My family’s story is also the story of millions of newcomers who are lucky enough to immigrate to Canada knowing they have people waiting on the other side to make the transition smoother. Some of these immigrants happen to be refugees, who find themselves in an unthinkable position: displaced by war and civil unrest, forced out of their homes and left to pick up the pieces while living in a refugee camp or on the streets of a country that happens to border theirs, until they are accepted for immigration.

The majority of refugees enter Canada as either government-assisted refugees (GARs) or privately sponsored refugees (PSRs). GARs are refugees who are chosen by institutions such as the UN Refugee Agency and then referred to the government of Canada for resettlement, and they are entirely supported by the government for up to one year. PSRs are refugees sponsored by a private group that promises to financially and emotionally support a refugee for the first year that they live in Canada.

Private sponsors are a part of civil society, associations that “are formed voluntarily by members of society to protect or extend their interests or values.” Civil society organizations can include clubs, unions and associations, families, firms and, of course, private sponsorship groups. Private sponsorship groups are made up of concerned citizens who have voluntarily come together based on a shared desire to help refugees succeed.

There are many success stories of refugees who arrived in Canada through the PSR program, and who have thrived due to that sponsorship. One Syrian man, Alhakam Alsheikh, was privately sponsored and settled in Newfoundland in March 2017. He quickly found work as a technician in a local computer company using the job-search resource provided by the Association for New Canadians in St. John’s, a nonprofit, community-based organization. A year later, the owner decided to retire. Alsheikh raised the money to buy the company and is now running the business.

Many will remember the story of a Syrian refugee sponsored by a group in Guelph, Ontario, who happened to live next door to a bride in distress. Just four days after his arrival in Canada, he sprang into action when a wedding party at a neighbouring house needed help. The zipper on the bride’s dress had broken, and the Syrian, a tailor, was able to sew the dress back together moments before the ceremony, with the help of Google Translate.

Canadian private sponsorship is so highly regarded that in recent years, countries like Argentina, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have experimented with sponsorship programs based on the Canadian model. The United States also started a program in the late 1980s that was short-lived and has yet to be revived.

The stronger civil society is, the greater the positive outcomes are for society and for individual refugees. Canada has a good system for private sponsorship of refugees in place already. Strengthening private sponsorship is worth having a conversation about, because the advantages of civil society to refugees are numerous and undeniable. Voluntary action by individuals and groups within civil society ought to be encouraged, and strengthening the refugee system should be only the beginning.

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Posted: 07/20/2018 - 14:56

Sponsorship Training Program’s workshop in Mississauga

In this workshop, attendees would learn:

  • What a perfect settlement plan looks like
  • How to calculate costs and reflect the budget in the form
  • About new elements in the settlement plan

Please bring your laptop to the session. We will demonstrate how to fill out the form and you can finish yours by the end of the session.

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th floor, Mississauga

To register please click here

Posted: 07/11/2018 - 10:57

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program
  • the importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency
  • managing expectations
  • power imbalance; and, ethical considerations

Date: Monday, July 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 07/11/2018 - 10:40

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • 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; and, the post-sponsorship relationship.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 07/11/2018 - 10:18

RSTP is organizing a workshop mainly for Groups of Five members who are interested to receive guidance on how to complete the new form of Sponsorship Undertaking and Settlement Plan IMM 5670.

The session will cover:

  • Key changes to requirements/process
  • Financial Considerations
  • Hands on completing the new Sponsorship Undertaking And Settlement Plan form

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

The Sponsorship Undertaking And Settlement Plan form is dynamic and it will be beneficial if you could bring your laptop where you could practice/complete your form as we present.

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401 Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 07/10/2018 - 16:06

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • the importance of keeping IRCC up-to-date with any changes in circumstances
  • who to contact and when
  • how to add dependents post-submission.

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 07/10/2018 - 15:54