The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) has produced and uploaded new videos on the following topics which may of assistance to sponsoring groups:

  • Month 13 Planning
  • Managing Expectations
  • Power Imbalance; and
  • Sponsorship Ethics

 The videos are available on RSTP’s YouTube channel and website at the links below:



Posted: 04/24/2017 - 15:22

Cities of Migration - Learning Exchange invites you to a webinar: Family Matters: Strategies for Integrating Immigrant and Refugee Families.

Immigration is a family affair. National policy may define your status, but the experience of arrival and integration, especially in the case of families, is felt locally. In Spain, the City of Barcelona makes family reunification a local priority; in Canada, cities like Toronto have welcomed hundreds of refugee families through citizen-led responses to Canada's  national refugee sponsorship program. What works?  Successful integration means navigating the complexity of new cultural, social, educational and economic systems for the whole family, including the young and old. How can city and community stakeholders ensure a promising future for every member of the newcomer family?

On May 17, join us online to learn how innovative initiatives in Toronto and Barcelona are putting family first and welcoming refugee and reunified immigrant families based on the first principles of living together - building relationships, support, trust and a community of welcome – while engaging private citizens and public institutions as active agents of integration.


  • Tamara Sabarini, Project Coordinator, Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (Toronto, Canada)
  • Ramon Sanahuja, Director of Migrants Attention and Welcoming Policies, City of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 04/20/2017 - 15:04

The RSTP will be presenting in this workshop session organised by Wesley Urban Ministries Inc. Hamilton Ontario.  

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Who can sponsor?
  • How to sponsor?
  • Sponsorship process
  • Financial and Settlement Responsibilities
  • Family reunification under One Year Window
  • Proof of refugee status recognition.  

Date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT
Where: Beasley Community Centre, 145 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1E4

Posted: 04/19/2017 - 14:06


Magnet in partnership with YMCA of Greater Toronto is organizing a free webinar on "Syrian refugees: Understanding the Depth of Highly Skilled Talent".

This webinar is organized through Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). Why should you attend? The webinar will provide employers and community partners with an increased understanding of the Syrian refugees and their wealth of talent. It will inform employers and recruiters how to access this population to meet their labour force needs.

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Note: Non-members of HRPA has to create an account to register for the webinar. There is no cost involved.

Posted: 04/13/2017 - 11:54

Participate in this webinar to learn from an experienced lawyer how to understand a refusal of an application by a privately sponsored refugee and what you can do about it.  We will look at the practical steps, including deadlines, filing requirements in Federal Court, obtaining the officer's notes, and the relevant documents needed.  We will also focus on identifying critical issues, and how to assess them. 

This webinar is jointly organized by the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Réseau des Organismes et Groupes de parrainage des réfugiés au Québec (ROGPRAQ).

Cette session aura lieu en anglais, mais les participants peuvent poser leurs questions en français.


  • Tim Wichert

Tim is a lawyer based in Toronto, working with Jackman, Nazami & Associates.  He focuses on refugee law, with a particular focus on judicial reviews (appeals) of refused refugee sponsorships.  In the past, he also worked as Program Coordinator for a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH).

Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Click here to register for the webinar and to complete your registration payment.

Posted: 03/27/2017 - 10:24

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the Sponsorship Cost Table. These updates are now live in the following guide:

Refugee Sponsorship Application Guide [IMM 5413] 

Appendix A: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5413ETOC.asp#appa.

The following forms for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors have been changed to reflect the updated Sponsorship Cost Table amounts:

  1. Settlement Plan — Group of Five [IMM 5373A] (PDF, 1.21 MB)
  2. Settlement Plan and Financial Assessment — Community Sponsors [IMM 5515] (PDF, 1.45 MB)

The 2017 Sponsorship Cost Table and In-Kind Deduction Table amounts were slightly increased due to the addition of a housing supplement of $75/month for single individuals and $100/month for families (amounting to $900 or $1200 extra annually).

Please be advised that there will be a short grace period until May 1st, 2017. Any applications received by IRCC as of May 1st, 2017 must have the new form version for the IMM5373A/IMM5515 and will be assessed using the updated Sponsorship Cost Table amounts. Old forms versions will not be accepted after April 30th, 2017.

Posted: 03/20/2017 - 16:00

 The Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host a free, interactive webinar about important tax topics for newcomers to Canada. These topics include:

  • Filing a tax return
  • Benefits and credits
  • Direct deposit and My Account
  • Helpful tools and tips

Participants can ask questions and get more information during the live webinar.

English session:  2:00 p.m. Eastern time Register now

French session:  11:00 a.m. Eastern time Register now

When:  Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Posted: 03/10/2017 - 14:57

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) invites you to a webinar: Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees.

This webinar will clarify some of the misconceptions about refugees, focusing on debunking common myths and examining the differences between refugees and migrants. The webinar will also provide information on the demographic of Syrian refugees that were sponsored and resettled to Canada in 2015/2016. 

The webinar is designed for experienced sponsors across Canada, as well as sponsors new to the sponsorship process, and for individuals that are interested in learning more about refugees.

Date: Thursday April 6, 2017|
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 03/08/2017 - 11:54

CBC Nova Scotia - 'I like hockey now,' says Alaa Alhraki, who came to Canada 6 months ago.

Members of the Cole Harbour White Midget X team spent Saturday night in the gym at Armbrae Academy in Halifax teaching Syrian refugees how to play floor hockey.

One of the newcomers was Alaa Alhraki, 25, who moved to Canada six months ago. He said he appreciated learning the game.

"I like hockey now," Alhraki said. "The community, the communication, anything here with community, that's good hockey."

Ryan MacKenzie, the team's assistant coach, was impressed with the enthusiasm the Syrians displayed.

"Their attitudes are great. Everything is 'Thank you, thank you, thank you,'" he said.

The floor hockey lessons are the latest effort the hockey team, formerly known as the Auburn High Eagles, has made to give back to the community.

There were about 10 newcomers taking part in the game. The youngest player was five and the oldest were in their 20s.

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Posted: 03/07/2017 - 12:03

The Spectator Hamilton - The joy in the YWCA gym was undeniable as about 100 Syrian refugee women and girls laughed, danced, shared a meal and celebrated their new lives in Canada.

The women were part of a group of 200 who participated in the Road to Wellness program run by the YWCA in collaboration with Wesley Urban Ministries, the agency now working with government- assisted refugees.

The free program, which started last September and ended with Thursday's celebration, provided women's health education, exercise and nutrition classes, and surprisingly, taught the women how to swim — a terrifying experience for those who escaped across the Mediterranean into Europe by boat before being accepted to Canada.

"It was terrifying for them and for me," said Kate Stinson, the 17-year-old lifeguard who taught them to swim. "None spoke English. None had been in a pool before.

"They all had lifebelts on and they were all very nervous. But by the last week, 10 of them were diving," Stinson added.

The program also gave the new arrivals a social network as they got to know each other — and a sense of belonging in their new country.

YWCA health and wellness co-ordinator Rana Aldibs said the transformation has been amazing. The women have higher self-esteem, are more comfortable dealing with others, and understand the importance of being physically active, she said.

Read full article.

Posted: 03/06/2017 - 11:59