This RSTP webinar will provide information about:

  • Whom to contact at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ( IRCC) to provide an update on your Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) application
  • Where to get information about your PSR application on the IRCC website

Date: June 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 05/18/2018 - 11:20

The Canadian Council for Refugees invites non-governmental organizations and others to attend an international conference in Toronto designed to enhance effectiveness in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues facing refugees and other vulnerable migrants.

Objectives of the Conference:
• To promote ongoing cross-border networking, knowledge-exchange, strategizing and collaboration among NGOs committed to the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and between NGOs and academics.
• To enhance NGO advocacy for better global protection for refugees and vulnerable migrants, including by giving input into the Global Compacts on refugees and migrants.
• To enhance efforts to educate and engage the public, in order to energize support for policies respecting the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.
• To increase knowledge of the inter-connections between policies and practices affecting refugees and migrants in different regions of the world.
• To support the development of NGOs in the Global South committed to the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.
• To support the inclusion of the voices of refugees and vulnerable migrants in discussions concerning them.

Date: 7-9 June 2018
Location: 4700 Keele St, York University, Toronto, ON

To register please click here. Registration closes Friday 18 May at 5 pm EST

Posted: 05/18/2018 - 11:12

Join this one-day conference to learn about cutting-edge immigration and settlement research. “Newcomers, Resilience and Settlement: Knowledge Exchange” will showcase settlement practices that promote newcomers’ resilience in Quebec and Ontario cities from the perspectives of policy makers, researchers and community leaders. This free event is organized by the Building Migrant Resilience in Cities partnership (BMRC), a community-academic collaboration funded by SSHRC.

Date: June 5, 2018
Time: 9:15 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON

To register please click here

Posted: 05/18/2018 - 11:08

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are hosting a workshop in Toronto for individuals interested in submitting PSR applications as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor.
Attendees will learn about:

• How to complete the new application forms released on May 1, 2018;
• The new requirements for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors that came into effect on May 1, 2018; and,
• How IRCC processes PSR applications submitted by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to provide feedback to IRCC on the new forms and requirements.

Kindly note that IRCC will not be answering any questions on PSR applications that are currently being processed, or have been refused, by ROC-O or Visa Offices abroad.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Monday June 4, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Sign-in will begin at 5:45 pm)
Location: Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Rd, Toronto, ON, M3B 3H2

To register please click here

Posted: 05/18/2018 - 11:05

This RSTP webinar is being offered as some Group of Five sponsorship applications have been returned/rejected by IRCC due to discrepancies in cost calculations on the application forms and 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: June 1, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 05/18/2018 - 10:50

RCI Radio Canada International - The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre are sounding the alarm bells over a phone scam targeting recent immigrants and refugees particularly in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver areas.

Victims of this scam receive phone calls from people claiming to be representatives of the IRB and are told that they are under investigation and owe money to the government.

In some instances, these calls are even made to appear to be coming from the IRB or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, IRB officials said in a press-release. The scam appears to be the same scam that began in December 2017.

“The IRB takes the privacy and security of all our clients very seriously as refugee matters, for example, can often be matters of life and death,” said in a statement Paul Aterman, the IRB’s acting chairperson. “On top of that, we are continuing to take steps to stop this scam and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.  The IRB will never ask anyone for money.”

The IRB is working with law enforcement agencies to identify the perpetrators and bring an end to this scam, officials said.

Jeff Thomson, acting manager at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, said if anyone receives such a call, the best course of action is to immediately hang up and contact the centre at 1-888-495-8501.

“If you receive a call from someone saying they are from the government of Canada who proceeds to ask you for money, be aware that this is a scam,” Thomson said in a statement. “You should report these types of calls to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.”

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud, call your local police as soon as possible, he added

Posted: 04/30/2018 - 09:16

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar: Who Can Sponsor and Who Can be Sponsored.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics covered such as:

  • Who can sponsor under the PSR program
  • Who can be sponsored
  • Refugee status documents: what are they and who needs them; and
  • An overview of sponsors’ financial and settlement responsibilities under the PSR program

Date: May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 12:10

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar: Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs.

This RSTP webinar provides an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship programs; the history and launch of the PSR program; and, the PSR program as part of global resettlement efforts.

Date: May 4, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 11:57

Education has the potential to be a healing and empowering process for refugee students. The child-centred spaces of school and classroom are ideally suited to support integration into a new community and help normalize experiences of displacement. Yet educational systems are often ill-equipped to facilitate the transition of students arriving with complex experiences of uprootedness, war, violence, and trauma. So, what strategies and pedagogies can teachers use to ease the transition for refugee students in their schools? How can educational policies guide and support teachers working with refugee students as they navigate education, resettlement, and well-being? 

New research in Canada has found significant gaps in research, policy, and teacher preparation when it comes to supporting K-12 refugee students in Canadian classrooms. One way to address those gaps is to explore the methods and experiences of educators working with refugee children outside Canada. Can the national and transnational exchange of educational policy and practice provide solutions and new approaches to support refugee learners and educators in a 'globalized' classroom.

On May 31, join Dr. Snežana Ratković, Brock University (Canada) in conversation with Dr Stavroula Kaldi, University of Thessaly (Greece), to discuss the experiences of refugee students in the classroom and beyond, current educational policy gaps when it comes to supporting refugee students, and successful strategies that teachers, resettlement officers, and school administrators can use to ease the transition for refugee students in schools.

Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 10:38

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) would like to invite you to an informative and inspiring evening with Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' representative in Canada. 

Jean-Nicolas Beuze will talk on the global refugee crises and how Canadians can help by sponsoring refugees through the BVOR program. Open discussion to follow.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze is the UNHCR’s representative in Canada. He has worked with the United Nations in the areas of human rights, peacekeeping, and child protection in countries as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Libya, Uganda, Iraq, Sudan and Syria. He has also researched issues related to peace agreements, transitional justice and human rights systems. Jean-Nicolas holds a LL.M in international human rights law and a Master in international relations. 

Please note: The BVOR program has a specific list of refugees needing sponsorship. RSTP offers other workshops appropriate for those wishing to sponsor relatives, friends or named cases.

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, The Commons (POD 250), 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

To RSVP please click here

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 10:26