The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, and Lifeline Syria, is conducting a workshop 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).

Please note: this session is not an introduction to refugee sponsorship.

Date: January 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (registration will open at 5:45 pm)
Location: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, Room 200 40 Orchard View Blvd. Toronto

Please RSVP by emailing at: info@lifelinesyria.ca 

For more information on refugee sponsorship, please visit the RSTP website (www.rstp.ca/), or call RSTP at: 1-877-290-1701.

Posted: 01/09/2018 - 11:30

CBC News Ottawa - On a frigid winter morning in the Gatineau Hills, two children layered in snow pants, parkas and wooly scarves step into matching pairs of red and white skis. 

"It's fun," smiles eight-year-old Zahra, despite the bone-chilling temperature. 

Zahra and her brother Saad, 12, arrived in Canada at the beginning of 2016. Their family came as refugees from Syria.

They hadn't seen snow before arriving here. Now they're learning to glide through it on cross-country skis.

"We managed to find some skis and some gear for them, and here we are," said Parham Momtaham, one of their coaches. 

A friend of his sponsored Zahra and Saad's family to come to Canada, and mentioned that the kids were interested in learning to ski.

Four coaches at Nakkertok Val-des-Monts will take turns teaching the nine-week course to four Syrian children, including Zahra and Saad. The ski club has waived the usual $90 membership fee for the children.

Momtaham is uniquely qualified to teach the new Canadians, since he was one himself. He immigrated from Iran when he was in his early 20s, he told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning. 

"One of my friends dragged me out on skis," Momtaham laughed, recalling one of his early outings. "I fell 55 times."

Posted: 01/08/2018 - 15:07

CBCNews Family of three is sponsored by Sudbury Project Hope. A family of Syrian refugees has arrived in Sudbury, after a two year journey to find a new home in Canada.

Jinan Dokkak landed at the airport Wednesday afternoon with her mother Noura, and young daughter Pamela. The family fled the city of Aleppo five years ago and had been living as refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

"I am so excited, so happy, to be here finally after two years of hard work," Dokkak said.

"To get to this point, I mean, you feel like your dreams are coming true. To be in a safe place finally, after all the things we have been through."

The family is sponsored by Sudbury Project Hope, a community organization that helps bring refugees to Canada. The organization previously sponsored the Alramadan family in 2016.

Read the full article.

Posted: 12/15/2017 - 09:54

About the course:

This course runs for a period of six weeks: Dec. 13, 2017 - Jan. 24, 2018. During this time, you will have access to the online course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to complete the course at your own pace.

There are two versions of the course. One is tailored to the needs of settlement workers and social service providers, and the other to health service providers.

Course participants will also receive access to the national online Community of Practice (CoP) discussion board, e-newsletter subscription, toolkit of resources, monthly webinar series and other project activities.

To register please click here

Note: There are limited spots available for this course offering. 

Posted: 12/05/2017 - 16:03

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program  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 of Refugees Program
  • Help 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.

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 One-Year Window applications.

Date: December 9, 2017
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: kelsey.lange@refugeehub.ca by December 1, 2017.

Posted: 11/27/2017 - 15:57

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP), are hosting a free workshop in Torontoon how to sponsor Afghan refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • How they can sponsor Afghan refugees as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor
  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship
  • What refugee status documents are required to sponsor Afghan refugees as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor; and
  • The application process

During the workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss individual refugee sponsorship cases with a pro bono lawyer from the Refugee SSP. 

Refugee SSP is able to assist sponsors for free with completing the refugee sponsorship application forms at their legal clinics.

Sign-in will start at 6.00 pm, and the workshop will start promptly at 6.15 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited and attendees are kindly requested to register.

Date: Friday, December 8. 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Toronto Public Library - Fairview Mall Drive, Meeting Room 2, 2nd Floor, Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 11/22/2017 - 11:47

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar: Information on Refugee Sponsorship Processing at Visa Offices - Asia.

This webinar series will provide new and experienced sponsors with specific information on how refugee sponsorship applications are processed once they are sent to Canadian Visa Offices abroad.

This webinar will focus on refugees in host countries located in Asia.

Attendees will learn about: processing challenges at specific Visa Offices; the main reasons for refusals; and, trends and emerging issues.

Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 11/08/2017 - 15:39

The Guardian - Basel Alrashdan could speak little English when he first arrived to P.E.I. as a refugee in late December 2015.

Now less than two years later, the 12-year-old Charlottetown resident is preparing to share his family’s story at the U.N.

Alrashdan and his family were among the first families to arrive on P.E.I. under the federal government’s promise of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Having learned to speak English fluently since he arrived, Alrashdan described his new surroundings as “perfect.”

“I’m proud to be a Canadian and I’m proud for coming here,” said Alrashdan, who lives with his parents, seven-year-old sister, six-year-old brother and a newborn brother who was born in Canada. “I really like living here.”

Alrashdan will tell the story of his family’s journey to the 193 members states at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on World Children’s Day, Nov. 20, provided he can get the required documents to travel.

Staff members with the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada (P.E.I. ANC), with support from Charlottetown MP Sean Casey, are currently assisting Alrashdan in the process of obtaining his travel documents.

The address will help raise awareness of displaced children living in desperate situations.

Staff from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) interviewed Alrashdan and his family in June while filming a documentary on refugee immigration to P.E.I.

The documentary makers were impressed by Alrashdan’s ability to share his story and invited him to share his first-hand experience

“I was born in Syrian and I think the war started when I was six. After two years we moved to Jordan. I lived there for three years (before coming to Canada),” he said, adding that it was difficult to leave behind friends and family members.

However, the experience has been worth it.

Alrashdan said his future plans are to improve his English writing. He also hopes to eventually study to become an electrical engineer.

“It’s better and safer (in Canada). The people here are kind and it’s been good for my parents,” said Alrashdan, who also thanked the P.E.I. ANC.

“They were the ones who helped us when we first came with furniture and everything.”

Posted: 10/30/2017 - 16:28

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP), are hosting a free workshop in Toronto for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors interested in sponsoring Eritrean refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • How they can sponsor as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor
  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship
  • What refugee status documents are required to sponsor Eritrean refugees; and
  • The application process

Translation in Tigrinya and Arabic, along with light refreshments, will be provided.

During the workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss individual cases with a pro bono lawyer from the Refugee SSP.

Sign-in will start at 5.30 pm, and the workshop will startpromptly at 5.45 pm.

Space is limited and attendees are kindly requested to register.

Date: Monday 30, October, 2017
Time: 5:30p.m - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Annette Street Toronto Public Library, 145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

To register please click here

Posted: 10/20/2017 - 15:46

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program - RSTP is organizing a free webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This webinar will cover:

  • Sponsors’ responsibilities
  • Connecting with Settlement Services for Newcomers
  • Ethical Considerations in Sponsorship
  • Managing Expectations
  • Preparing for Month 13 

Date: Wednesday October 25, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

To register, please visit this link

Posted: 10/19/2017 - 15:56