Updates

This summer, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is proud to offer 350 free spots to refugee children in Canadian summer camps across the country. Accredited Camps are providing hundreds of free spaces at their camps for children ages 4-15 who have come to Canada as refugees in the last three years.

Thanks to the generous donations from Accredited Camps across Ontario, we are offering free spots to a variety of camps, including:

  • Day or overnight camps
  • Specialty camps
  • Religious or non-religious camps
  • All boy, all girl, or co-ed camps
  • One week or multi-week camps

Agencies, Organizations, Sponsors and Families must first complete an application form for the family.

For more information or to apply please click here

Posted: 02/21/2017 - 15:51

Like many refugee children before them, Syrian refugee children currently resettling in Canada may be coping with a range of mental health difficulties as a result of pre-migration, migration or post-migration trauma.

How can parents, teachers, settlement and social service providers assist these school-aged children with these difficulties?

Presenter: Dr. Ghayda Hassan of the Université du Québec à Montréal  (UQAM)

Learning objectives
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe signs warranting specialized mental health support for children vs.  the need for stability and integration in post-migration
  • list approaches that can be used in the family, school or community environment to help school-aged children cope with difficulties.

Date: Wednesday February 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/21/2017 - 14:12

The Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum is hosting a workshop and discussion group on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors.

Sponsors will learn from an RSTP trainer about:

  • When to start preparing newcomers for Month 13
  • The role of sponsors during the "transition period", including important tasks to consider and
  • The post-sponsorship relationship

Date: Friday, March 03, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: First Baptist 255 Woolwich Street Guelph Ontario, N1H 3V8 

To register, please e-mail to guelphrefugeeforum@gmail.com

Posted: 02/15/2017 - 16:14

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with RSTP - Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is pleased to offer webinar on Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees and Syrian Refugees.

For Frontline Staff

This webinar is designed for frontline staff at settlement organizations. It will provide information on Syrian refugees, the demographic of resettled Syrian refugees, the differences between refugees and other immigrants, and the differences between sponsored Syrian refugees and in-land refugee claimants. The webinar will clarify some of the misconceptions about resettled Syrian refugees so that settlement organizations are able to better assist Syrian refugees.

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa at sali-mohammed@ocasi.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 11:11

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with RSTP - Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is pleased to offer webinar on Transitioning from Refugee Sponsorship to Month 13 for Refugees Sponsored under the GAR, BVOR and PSR programs.

For Managers

This webinar is designed for managers at settlement organizations. It will provide information on how service providers can assist refugees and sponsors with planning for the transition to “Month 13” (the post-sponsorship period).

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa at sali-mohammed@ocasi.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 10:57

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is pleased to offer a webinar on The Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors.

For Frontline Staff

This webinar is designed for the frontline staff at settlement organizations. It aims to clarify the role of sponsors under the PSR and BVOR programs. This is so that front line workers have a better understanding of how to support refugees during initial settlement in Ontario.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa at sali-mohammed@ocasi.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 10:43

Family reunification - How to Sponsor Syrian Refugees (conducted in Arabic).

This session will cover:

  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Who can sponsor?
  • How to to sponsor?
  • Family reunification under One Year Window and proof of refugee status recognition

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Location: West Neighbourhood House, 248 Ossington Ave. Toronto

To register please contact Siham Abosita at 416-931-7719 or e-mail: sihamab@westnh.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 09:51

Ryerson University, Project Welcome, invites newcomer Syrians to a free financial literacy workshop (Conducted in Arabic).

The event is targeted towards newcomer Syrians in Arabic on basic financial literacy.

Topics include:

  • Banks vs. Credit Unions
  • Chequing vs. Savings Account
  • Criteria to Consider when Selecting an Account
  • Tap Banking
  • Bank Interest and Other Incentives
  • Other Bank Services
  • Saving for the Future
  • Mobile Banking Applications
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Fees and Service Charges
  • Newcomer Banking Packages
  • Line of Credit 
  • Protecting your Bank Account

Date: Tuesday Februrary 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Street, Toronto.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/30/2017 - 12:11

CBCNews Kitchener Waterloo - 'My life's completely changed,' says Syrian refugee Tareq Ibrahim

One month after sharing his story with CBC News, Tareq Ibrahim has landed a job in his field with Cambridge insurance company Gore Mutual.

Ibrahim arrived in Kitchener in September 2015, but despite being fluent in English and having worked as a finance manager for multi-national corporations, he struggled to find work that matched his skills. 

Companies wanted to see Canadian experience, Ibrahim told CBC's The Morning Edition in December. 

Ibrahim's story resonated with people, in particular because he refused to apply for Ontario Works or accept government support until he exhausted his savings. 

Catherine Leclair heard that interview on her drive to work.

"[I] thought it was very compelling," said Leclair, the vice president of human resources for Gore Mutual. 

"But along with it was that sense of honour he has, and his integrity."

She said she arrived at work that morning to learn the company's chief financial officer had also heard the interview, and together they decided to reach out to Ibrahim. 

Posted: 01/25/2017 - 14:12

The Kingston Wing - The KEYS Job Centre is giving Syrian refugees new to Kingston a shopping experience.

KEYS Kingston is one of 31 centres across Canada that are taking part in the Canadian government’s Refugee Assistance Program and it has so far welcomed 24 Syrian families and one family from Burundi with more to come.

Nationally over the past year, approximately 35,000 Syrian refugees have arrived with the government program, with private programs bringing the total to more than 50,000 new refugees to Canada.

For the past few months, about a dozen KEYS volunteers, led by Emma Jackson, have solicited donations of other necessary household items such as pots, pans, plates, cutlery, coffee cups, glasses, linens and small appliances including toasters, coffee makers and blenders.

By appointment, the families can go there and “shop” for their needed items. They can choose the items they need but do not have to go through the final phase of shopping: paying for the items. They’re free, Jackson said.

“We’re calling it shopping because we’re trying to keep some dignity about the process and [families] being able to approve of they want instead of us just guessing and showing up with some items that might not be appropriate.”

“This whole place is run on volunteer power,” Jackson said.

Posted: 01/24/2017 - 16:00

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