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The private sponsorship of Refugees is far from being an easy task.

To help you navigate through the process, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing an information session.

The following topics will be covered during this session:

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

Please note that individual cases will not be discussed during the session.

However, participants can connect to have their application discussed in a one-on-one session afterwards.

Date: Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m to 8 p.m EST

Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 3660 Hurontario Street,7th floor, Mississauga

To register and for more information, please click here


Posted: 12/04/2018 - 15:42


To help you navigate through the services for refugees across the sector, Refugee 613/Réfugié 613 in partnership with Ottawa For Refugees is organizing an information fair.

This fair will provide an opportunity for private sponsors to  meet with service providers from over 25 agencies.

What better way for private sponsors to network with community members, fellow private sponsors, and service providers.

Date: Tuesday, 4th December, 2018

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

Location: Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue, Kiwanis Hall, Ottawa

For more information and to register, please click here


Posted: 11/28/2018 - 10:55

Psychological distress often plagues refugees when they land in Canada.

How do settlement workers develop a framework to address trauma and its impact?

How can settlement workers be better equipped to enhance the refugees’ ability to get back on his feet and flourish in their new setting?

Ontario Council Of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) in collaboration with Victims Of Torture and Women's Health in Women’s Hands will try to provide answers to these question through a two part full day training series.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Understanding what does a trauma informed agency look like for the settlement sector

  • Increased understanding of Trauma Informed Care and its importance in practice for immigrant serving organizations

  • Increased capacity in identifying the different types of trauma affecting immigrants and refugees

  • Understanding the challenges of and the importance of establishing trusting, collaborative relationships in a trauma-informed context

Date: Monday, 3rd December, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Location: Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre , 20 Grosvenor Street , Auditorium, 2nd Floor ,Toronto

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

Please note that the deadline to register for this event is Friday the 30th of November 2018.


Posted: 11/27/2018 - 10:44

The interview with the Canadian visa offices (VO) abroad is a milestone in the private sponsorship process.

To help you ace this interview, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

This webinar will walk you through the various steps by tackling the following topics:

  • Drafting the claim and knowing the refugee

  • How to prepare for the interview questions

  • Tips on how to help refugees tell their stories during the interview

  • Duties of the refugee

  • What to expect in the interview

  • Assistance that private sponsors can offer

  • Reasons behind refusals

  • Q&A

Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018

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

To register, please click here


Posted: 11/27/2018 - 10:32

Many sponsored refugees still have family members in their homeland and wonder how they can be brought to Canada.

However, family reunification is far from being an easy task.

In an attempt to simplify things, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The definition of family according to IRCC
  • Adult children
  • De facto dependants
  • Accompanying and non-accompanying family members
  • One year Window Opportunity Provision
  • Q & A

Date: Friday, 23rd November  2018

Time: 4:00 p.m EST

To register for this webinar, please click here

 


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 14:36

CBC - Khaled and Aveer Sultan and their six young children arrived at the Ottawa International Airport Tuesday to cheers, tears and hugs from their sponsors, who pinned tiny maple leaves to the newcomers' lapels. 

The sponsors will act as guides, translators and an extended family to the Sultans as they adapt to their new life in Brockville.

"This family is like my brother, like my family," said sponsor Omar Alahmed.

The five sponsor families have their own worries about relatives left behind in precarious circumstances, but say they decided to open their arms to strangers because of the way Canadians welcomed them. 

"Canadian people did not know me, but they helped me," said sponsor Ahmad Alkafrei, who arrived as a refugee in January 2017.

The sponsorship program the families are taking part in is administered by the Refugee Hub at the University of Ottawa and funded by two charitable groups, The Shapiro Foundation and The Giustra Foundation, as well as six other donors in Canada and the U.S.

Together, they're donating  $3.5 million dollars to 150 sponsor groups across the country to support the resettlement of 685 refugees, drawn from a list compiled by the United Nations.

Kailee Brennan, an outreach officer with the Refugee Hub, first met the families in August at a recruitment event in Brockville. They came hoping to bring their own relatives to Canada, Brennan said, but soon learned that's not how the program works.

"Of course, many of them had left family behind, and it's always so difficult to explain that." Brennan said.

After a prolonged discussion in Arabic, the translator, Brockville businessman Ahmad Khadra, declared the group had decided to open their arms to a family they didn't know.

"I told them, 'You are not a refugee anymore. You are now 100 per cent Canadian, and Canadians love to do something good,'" said Khadra, who came to Canada from Syria in 1995.

To read the full article, please click here

 


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 14:22

Sponsoring a refugee can be emotionally draining.

To help you recharge, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a workshop.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is emotional fatigue and why self-care is essential

  • Strategies to reduce stress daily

  • How to cope with stress through exercises

  • Tips and activities to take care of oneself

Date: Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m to 4 p.m 2018

Location: 3660 Hurontario St

To register for this event, please click here


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 11:50

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

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