Updates

Once the refugee you sponsored arrives in canada, there are certain responsibilities that you need to comply with.

To prepare you for what lays ahead, the Office For refugees Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) is organizing an information session. 

This session is for private sponsors who received the Notice of Arrival Transmission (NAT).

Date: Wednesday, 31st of July, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Location: 1220 Yonge Street, Suite 203 (2nd floor), Toronto

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


Posted: 07/16/2019 - 15:19

To mark the seven years of JAYU, the non-profit organization is doing a presentation of the award winning documentary For Sama

For Sama highlights the female experience of the war in Syria, it is a love letter from a young mother to her daughter. 

The documentary recounts the story of Waad Al-Kateab’s life through the five years of uprising in Aleppo, Syria. 

We see her falling in love, getting married, and giving birth to Sama all while the conflict is rising around her. 

Please note that seating will be on a first come first serve basis and it is recommended to come 30 minutes prior to the screening.

Date: Thursday, 4th of July, 2019 

Time: 7:00 P.M to 9:00 P.M

Location: Innis Town Hall Theatre, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

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


Posted: 07/03/2019 - 15:54

To mark the World Refugee Day, Jumpstart Refugee Talent is organizing a gala.

The gala will comprise of the following things: 

  • Raffle

  • Art exhibition featuring Omran Alfalour

  • Speciality cocktails

  • Food 

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and mentor refugees. 

Date: Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m

Location: WeWork, Main Floor, 240 Richmond Street West, Toronto

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


Posted: 07/03/2019 - 12:36

Lessons Learned Simulations And Training is organizing a two days course on urban refugees. 

Participants will explore the social, political, and economic dynamics which arise from the interplay between stakeholders in humanitarian crises. 

The course aims to be the bridge between academic theory, critical “red teaming” approaches, and humanitarian practice. 

Once this course is completed, participants will be able to: 

  • Have an understanding of the social and political dynamics of urban refugees through urban refugees response scenarios and the systems which underlie those dynamics

  • Predict possible breakdowns in humanitarian response by discussing past examples

  • Critically and constructively engage with humanitarian work 

  • Know motivations and goals of people who go through displacement, and contrast them with humanitarian assumptions

Date: Saturday, 6th to 7th of July, 2019 

Time: 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m

Location: Laurentian Leadership Centre of Trinity Western University, 252 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa

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


Posted: 07/03/2019 - 12:31

Month 13 is a milestone in the private sponsorship of refugees.

After all, it entails that the sponsored refugee will no longer rely on his private sponsor for financial support.

To help private sponsors get ready for what looms ahead, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • When should sponsors prepare for Month 13

  • The Month 13 checklist and needs assessment

  • What to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13

  • Services available for sponsored newcomers during Month 13

  • Evaluating the sponsorship

  • The post-sponsorship relationship

Date: Friday, 28th of June, 2019

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


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


Posted: 06/17/2019 - 12:28

To mark the World Refugee Day, AURA is organizing a World Refugee Day Brunch.

The objective is to commemorate the strength and courage of refugees around the world.

This will be an opportunity for participants to meet refugee sponsors, listen to live music, and have brunch.

Dr. Brian Goldman (CBC’s White Coat, Black Art) will be the key speaker of the night.

He will share his insights on the fundamental pillar of refugee sponsorship: empathy.

Date: Sunday, 23rd of June

Time: 12:30

Location: Olde Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd, Scarborough

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


Posted: 06/17/2019 - 09:58

When sponsoring refugees, private sponsors do not only commit to providing financial support, they also have a duty to help the  refugee settle and integrate.

To help private sponsors brace themselves for what lays ahead once the refugee sets foot in Canada, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following themes will be addressed:

  • A recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the private sponsorship program

  • A review of the frequently asked questions on post-arrival financial support

  • The importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency

  • Managing expectations

  • Power imbalance

  • Ethical considerations

Date: Wednesday, 19th of June, 2019

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


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


Posted: 06/17/2019 - 09:49

Refugee claimants who received a negative response are invited by FCJ Refugee Centre to an information session.

Participants will be able to learn more on:

  • What they should do if they received a negative decision on their hearing

  • Where they should go if they want to appeal

  • Who can help them prepare an appeal

  • Are they eligible for an appeal

Refugee claimants will also know the steps to follow and how to document their appeal before the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)

Front line workers, placement students, staff, and volunteers are also welcome to join the session.

Date: Thursday, 13th of June

Time: 1:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m

To register for this event please contact Carolina Teves: cteves@fcjrefugeecentre.org


Posted: 06/12/2019 - 17:04

The Romero House (RH) is organizing an information session on refugee housing in Toronto.

Participants will be asked to ponder on the following questions:

  • What do you think the city’s priorities need to be?

  • How ca the city of Toronto improve housing opportunities?

This free session will be facilitated by a community partner.

Please email claire@romerohouse.org if you need childcare or language interpretation.

RH provides transitional housing and settlement services for refugee claimants.

Date: Thursday, 20th of June, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m to 9 p.m

Location: St. Martin-in-the-Field’s Church, 151 Glenlake Avenue, Toronto

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




Posted: 06/10/2019 - 16:51

To mark the World Refugee Day, Friends Of Refugees is holding its annual Refugee Walk.

Participants will meet at the north end of Queen’s Park and march through downtown Toronto and end at Nathan Phillips Square.

There will also be accounts on some refugee experiences in Canada.

Date: Tuesday, 20th of June, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m

Location: Queen's Park, North side, 111 Wellesley Street West

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




Posted: 06/10/2019 - 15:38

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