Updates

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a webinar on the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program and the Eritrean refugees.

Tereza Hadzic resettlement associate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR) will join the webinar to provide:

  • A brief description of the profiles of Eritrean refugees, including those identified for resettlement by UNHCR
  • Discussion on the prospects of durable solutions, including resettlement, for Eritrean refugees

 Parastoo Aznavehzadeh ( BVOR Worker) will provide:

  • An explanation of how sponsors can help resettle these refugees through the BVOR program.

Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

To register, please click here

Posted: 08/28/2017 - 14:51

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) is hosting a free information session in Ottawa for sponsors and newly arrived refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship;
  • The refugee sponsorship application process; and,
  • Other potential immigration streams available to newly arrived refugees to bring their family and friends to Canada.

The session will be conducted in English, and attendees will have the opportunity to consult with pro bono lawyers from the Refugee SSP during the session.

Sign-in will start from 6:15 pm and the session will start at 6.30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited; attendees are kindly requested to register.

Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2nd floor, Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa

To register, please click here

Posted: 08/28/2017 - 14:32

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), will be hosting a Training workshop For Groups of Five and Community Sponsors in Mississauga.

Topics will include:

  • Application Process
  • Who can be included
  • Application Forms - Sponsors/Refugees
  • Review Forms

Parking: is free please obtain a parking permit in the lobby

Date: August 30, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th Floor, Mississauga

For registration, please click here

Posted: 08/28/2017 - 14:21

You are invited to participate in a web-based survey about private sponsorship of Syrian refugees.  Our goal is to learn more about private sponsors of Syrian refugees, their motivations and their experiences. Your responses to this survey will contribute to a greater understanding of Canada’s unique private refugee sponsorship program.

The survey was developed by a team of independent researchers at the University of Toronto and York University (listed below). We are not affiliated with government or any other organization.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and your participation in the survey is completely voluntary. All information will be anonymous unless you wish to provide contact information for a follow-up interview. No one will be able to identify you, your responses to this survey will remain confidential, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study. 

Please consider filling out the survey by accessing the following link: Refugee Sponsor Survey

You can also visit our website or contact us by e-mail at privatesponsors@gmail.com

This survey is confined to private sponsors of Syrian refugees.  If you are sponsoring or have sponsored refugees from elsewhere and would like to communicate with us about your experience, please contact us by email.

Because Quebec operates a separate private sponsorship system, we are not able to survey Quebec sponsors at this time.  If you are in Quebec and wish to communicate with us about your sponsorship experience, please contact us via email.

Posted: 08/23/2017 - 11:24

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five.

The workshop will provide an in-depth look into sponsoring refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program as a Group of Five.

Topics covered will include:

  • The specific requirements for Group of Five Sponsors sponsoring under the PSR program
  • Eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored by Groups of Five
  • The sponsorship process; which forms need to be completed
  • How to complete the forms
  • A step-by-step guide for Groups of Five Sponsors on how to prepare and submit a complete and successful application package.

Sign-in will start from 5:45 p.m. and the workshop will start at 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP.

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 5:45p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto

To register please Click here

Posted: 08/21/2017 - 15:14

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) will be hosting its next free legal clinic.

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 offers free refugee sponsorship application support from their pro bono lawyers that have been trained by RSTP. 

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.

To register, please contact Refugee SSP via email: refugeessptoronto@gmail.com by August 31, 2017.

Date: Saturday September 9, 2017
Location: Downtown Toronto - details will be provided upon registration.

Posted: 08/17/2017 - 11:13

Refugee Sponsorship Training program (RSTP) and London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) are inviting you to their free session on sponsorship, settlement and post arrival support and the resettlement of Yazidi resettlement in London.

This session will be open to potential and active private refugee sponsoring groups and will include the topics below:

  • Private Sponsorship Of Refugee (PSR) Program – Requirements and Process
  • Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Program
  • Resettlement of Yazidi Refugees under the Joint Assistant Sponsorship Program
  • Settlement and Post Arrival Support

The session will be followed by panel discussion.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Location: Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC), 505 Dundas St. London.

To Register, plesase click here

Posted: 08/14/2017 - 09:43

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) is hosting a free information session in Toronto for sponsors and newly arrived refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship
  • The refugee sponsorship application process
  • Other potential immigration streams available to newly arrived refugees to bring their family and friends to Canada.

The session will be conducted in English and Arabic, and attendees will have the opportunity to consult with pro bono lawyers from the Refugee SSP during the session.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Cross Cultural Center, 55 Town Centre Court Suite 401, Toronto

Space is limited; attendees are kindly requested to register. To register please, click here

Posted: 08/02/2017 - 14:33

CTVNews Ottawa - It's hard to imagine a group of grads looking happier than they did today.

Fifteen of them, all Syrians, all part of Algonquin College's first class of Culinary and Job Skills for Newcomers to Canada. When they stepped foot on Canadian soil several months ago, these Syrian refugees were embarking on new lives.

Now, they're embarking on new careers, embracing their country and a whole new way of life.

For Samir Massoud, this is a proud moment, as he dons his graduation gown.  It is the fulfillment of a dream that started almost exactly one year ago, when he and his family came to Canada from Syria.

“I came from Syria on July 26th,” he says, in surprisingly good English, “The situation there was terrible. Thanks to Canada, I’m safe, my family.  I feel great.”

It is great, too, for him to stand alongside 14 other Syrian refugees at the H building at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.  They are the first graduates of a new class at Algonquin for newcomers from Syria, in culinary and job skills.

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Posted: 07/20/2017 - 12:10

Are you interested in knowing how to sponsors refugees from overseas as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor and need to know how?

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in partnership with Menonite Central Committee (MCC) will conduct an information session on G5 and Community Sponsorship options. 

In these session, you will learn what a G5 and Community Sponsorships are, what the requirements are for sponsoring through those streams and what forms you will need to fill. 

Come and learn about G5 and Community Sponsorship and have your questions answered by experts in the field of Private Refugee Sponsorship (PSR).

Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room Upstairs 50 Kent Avenue Kitchener, Ontario

To register please click here

Posted: 07/19/2017 - 11:57

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