The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) in partnership with Refugee 613 invites private sponsors to a workshop on: Managing Expectations & Sponsorship Ethics in Refugee Sponsorship.

This workshop for new and experienced sponsors will explore various themes, including:

  • How expectations can be managed to avoid potential conflict and facilitate a successful sponsorship
  • Ethical practices for sponsoring groups
  • How to minimize power imbalance within the sponsor-refugee relationship.

To register please click here
For more information please contact Suneet Kharay at skharay@rstp.ca

Date: Tuesday October 25, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Sign-in and light refreshments from 5:30 p.m.)
Location: OCISO, 945 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

Posted: 10/12/2016 - 13:56

RSTP offers an online training course called Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program two to three times a year. The 10-week course provides basic information on sponsoring overseas refugees to Canada. It is intended for people in Canada who are interested in learning about and getting involved in the private sponsorship of refugees. The objective of this training is to offer a flexible way of learning about private refugee sponsorship issues and to reach out to new and potential sponsors in remote and rural areas of Canada.

The e-training course is divided into eight parts which cover the following topics:

  1. Global Overview of Forced Migration and its Background
  2. Canada’s Response to Forced Migration
  3. Eligibility and Admissibility Requirements for Resettlement
  4. The Private Refugee Sponsorship Process
  5. Initiating and Evaluating Refugee Sponsorship
  6. Settlement Planning
  7. Processing of the Refugee Sponsorship Application
  8. Resettlement of Refugees with Special Needs

Each part (module) includes a discussion question, additional learning resources and multiple choice quiz. At the end of this 10-week-long program, students will complete a final written test and receive a certificate upon successful completion of the requirements of the course.


There is no fee for taking either of these courses. Anyone interested should register by October 9, 2016.

Please go to this link http://etraining.rstp.ca/login/signup.php  and complete all required fields.

RSTP will review registrations and enrol those that meet the requirements to take the course. 

Prospective students will receive confirmations of their registration by October 14, 2016 and they will be invited to participate in an orientation webinar scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

For more information please contact RSTP.
Tel: 416-290-1700
Toll-free: 1-877-290-1701
E-mail: etraining@rstp.ca
Website: www.rstp.ca

Posted: 09/30/2016 - 12:49

Project Welcome - Enactus Ryerson invites Newcomer Syrians to a Free Financial Literacy Workshop (Conducted in Arabic). 

Banking in Canada:

  • 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

For those who attend ALL 5 of our sessions will receive a financial literacy certificate. Please do not forget to sign in at the registration desk upon arrival.

Please note that all of these events will be taught and led in Arabic.

To register please click here

Date: Wednesday October 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Student Learning Center (SLC), Room: Launch Zone, 341 Yonge Street 3rd Floor Toronto

Posted: 09/27/2016 - 14:41

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and York's Syrian Response and Refugee Initiative invite private sponsors to a workshop on: Managing Expectations & Ethics in Refugee Sponsorship.

The workshop will explore various themes, including:

  • Managing mutual expectations and avoiding potential conflicts
  • Code of ethics and ethical practices for sponsorship groups
  • Working to minimize power imbalances

To register please click here
For more information please contact John Carlaw at carlaw@yorku.ca

Date: Thursday October 20, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Room 519, Kaneff Tower, York University Keele Campus, Toronto, Ontario

Posted: 09/27/2016 - 12:06

The RSTP will be conducting a Training Workshop for Private Sponsors.

  • Managing Expectations
  • Application Forms

Please note that this workshop is open to Private Sponsors in Sarnia, Ontario.

Date: Tuesday October 4, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 28 Division Street - Trinity United Church - Cobourg, Ontario

Posted: 09/27/2016 - 11:43

The RSTP will be conducting a Training Workshop for Private Sponsors.

  • Managing Expectations
  • Sponsorship Ethics

Please note that this workshop is open to Private Sponsors in Sarnia, Ontario.

Date: Wednesday September 28, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 150 North Christina Street - Lambton Shared Services Centre - Training Room #2-3

Posted: 09/27/2016 - 11:36

CBCNews NewBrunswick - Some old farmland outside of Fredericton is being used to help about 10 Syrian refugee families learn how to farm in Canada and to give them work experience and a little extra food at the table.

Twelve hectares of donated land in Keswick Ridge is being used as a training ground, known as the Tula Farm Project, aimed at teaching new farmers how to work Canadian soil.  

The land, made up of a pair of fields and old forest, was donated to the Conservation Council in the 1980s. This summer it was used by 10 families from Syria, growing several different types of crops

That was the intention of Jim and Kay Bedell when they donated that land," said MacLean.

"They were peace activists and they wanted the land to be used for sustainable, community farming." 

MacLean, who used the land when working on her masters the University of New Brunswick studying agroecology, considers this year's harvest a success.

MacLean said the ultimate goal of the Tula Farm Project is to get young farmers to the point where they can make a living from the land. 

Posted: 09/23/2016 - 11:13

Sackville N.B. Tribune-Post – For their tireless work in ensuring three refugee families will eventually call this community home, members of the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition (SRRC) have earned Renaissance Sackville’s 2016 Citizen of the Year Award.

“This award is presented to people who bring to life the vision that Renaissance Sackville sees for the town. The Sackville Refugee Response Coalition has not only helped make our town of Sackville a more vibrant, caring friendly and gracious community, they have helped make the world a more caring and gracious place. They have made a local Sackville contribution to an urgent global humanitarian concern.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the group during Friday’s ceremony was SRRC chair John Perkin.

“I’ve had many people congratulate me over the course of several months. I’m always humbled by these congratulations because they should be extended to so many other people. So this recognition by the town of Sackville this evening is deservedly recognition of a coalition and truly the whole town.

Posted: 09/23/2016 - 10:43

Canadian Immigrant - With the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees last year, one immigrant entrepreneur wanted to do his part by promising to hire 100 in 365 days. That was Paramount Fine Foods president and CEO Mohamad Fakih who made an ambitious promise. We’re at the half waypoint, and the numbers are in.

Paramount partnered with Magnet and Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) to help connect newly arrived Syrian Canadians to appropriate jobs. The partnership with the organizations, included Paramount Fine Foods funding employment support counsellor to work at the RULSC; their job includes searching for job opportunities for new Syrian Canadians.

Finding a job for Syrian refugees

“Finding a job, after finding a home, is a priority,” says Fakih. “I am proud of how far we’ve come, and I have no doubt we will exceed our goal. There is a lot that needs to be done here and I will continue to encourage other fellow entrepreneurs to get involved.”

“I feel like I owe Canada a lot,” says Fakih, “you’re never big enough in business to forget about the community.”

Posted: 09/15/2016 - 16:17

CHCH Hamilton - While many Syrian refugees settling in Canada are struggling to find work, three women in Hamilton are finding success through cooking. Rawa’a, Dalal, and Manahel are so busy filling orders, they couldn’t even stop to do an interview. They’re preparing some traditional Syrian dishes.

Back home, Dalal used to teach kindergarten, Rawa has a degree in agricultural engineering and Manahel had her hands full raising 7 children. That was before things got bad. “One day an airplane came and bombed our house and we took my husband from underneath the destroyed house. He remained disabled.”

Now they are starting from scratch, by cooking from scratch and looking forward to the future in Canada. Karam Kitchen officially launched as a business last Thursday. Since then the orders have come pouring in.

It’s a success story in the making, but many Syrian refugees are still struggling to find work. Paramount Fine Foods has promised to hire at least 100 Syrian refugees this year. “So far we’ve hired about 70 and the numbers keep coming.”

Over 30 000 Syrians have resettled in Canada but it’s unclear how many have been able to find work.


Posted: 09/15/2016 - 16:05