Updates

The Centre for Community Based Research invites you to a Webinar: Setting Immigrants and Canada Up for Success Toolkit for Faith and Settlement Partnerships Webinar.

Dialogue with the aouthors and learn how to facilitate partnerships between faith-based groups and settlement organizations.

To learn more about the Faith and Settlement Partnership Project please click here

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

To register please contact Jessica Dyck at jessica@communitybasedresearch.ca

Posted: 04/19/2018 - 15:22

In Search of the Gold Standard: Conference on Citizen Refugee Sponsorship

Canada’s model for the sponsorship of refugees by citizen groups is recognized throughout the world as an innovative way forward. But we know the model is not perfect, and we can do better.   

We may have different perspectives and experiences, but we all have a common interest in having a successful sponsorship system for refugees in Canada.

This Event is for:

  • Members of sponsorship groups with lived experience of sponsorship
  • Members of Sponsorship Agreement Holder organizations
  • Members of social agencies and support groups dealing with refugees
  • Government officials from all levels involved with refugee issues 
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Those wishing to become sponsors

Some of the questions to be explored: 

  • What have we learned about citizen sponsorship that we can build on and share with others?
  • How can we innovate to build more capacity into the system and make it more sustainable?
  • What can governments, businesses and civil society do to encourage more citizen sponsorships?
  • What can be done to improve notification arrangements for processing, approvals and arrivals?
  • How can existing sponsorship groups be encouraged to take another refugee family?
  • How can English-as-a-second language (ESL) programs be strengthened?
  • What are the best ways of addressing employment issues for refugees and integrating refugees into Canada?
  • How can a strong national organization representing citizen sponsors be formed and sustained?

This conference offers a chance for us to meet, discuss our various experiences and help shape recommendations on policies and procedures which will to improve citizen sponsorship in Canada. Most of the time of the conference will be devoted to interactive sessions which will fully engage participants, and Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders will be speaking during lunch. 

Please join us as we work together to strengthen citizen sponsorship of refugees in Canada, and establish it as the gold standard for refugee settlement, not only in Canada, but in other countries as well. 

Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Registration 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Sears Atrium, 245 Church Street Ryerson University
Registration Fee: $25 (including lunch)

To register please click here

Posted: 04/18/2018 - 14:12

RSTP’s partners, the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) will be hosting its next legal clinic in  downtown Toronto.

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 Program
  • Hel fill out and review your sponsorship forms

At these legal clinics, Refugee SSP’s pro bono lawyers, that have been trained by RSTP, offer free assistance with completing the refugee sponsorship application forms and other application support services.

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, including applications under the One-Year Window of Opportunity Provisions.

Date: Saturday May 05, 2018
Location: Details will be provided upon registration

To register, please email kelsey.lange@refugeehub.ca by April 27, 2018 with some information about the type of assistance you are seeking.

Posted: 04/17/2018 - 15:22

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program RSTP, in collaboration with the Cambridge Community Church is organizing a Training Workshop in Cambridge for Community Sponsors on April 13, 2018.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about:

  • Community Sponsorship
  • Who can be sponsored
  • Eligibility and Admissibility
  • Requirement for Comm. Sponsorship
  • New application forms
  • Financial requirement and assessment
  • Sponsorship Process

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge Community Church, 73 Pollock Avenue, Cambridge, ON N1R 2B4

To register please click here

Posted: 04/06/2018 - 10:45

Join the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program and The Refugee Hub to learn an overview of the pathways to sponsorship, to gain an understanding of what it takes to complete a successful sponsorship, and to have the chance to talk to experienced sponsors and lawyers

Date: March 15, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Human Rights Research and Education Center, 57 Louis Pasteur Private (Fauteux Hall) 5th floor, room 570 Ottawa

To register please click here

Posted: 03/09/2018 - 11:56

Join the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, The Refugee Hub, and DOORS to learn an overview of the pathways to sponsorship, to gain an understanding of what it takes to complete a successful sponsorship, and to have the chance to talk to experienced sponsors and lawyers. Join us later on in the afternoon to work one-on-one with a lawyer to assist you in your case.

  • Information Session on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Legal Clinic- assistance with applications: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Date: March 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bath Road Baptist Church, 193 Bath Road. Kingston Ontario

To register please click here

Posted: 03/09/2018 - 11:40

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for individuals who are preparing for a private sponsorship of a refugee/refugee family under Group of Five sponsorship.

Topics covered will include:

  • Requirements for Groups of Five
  • Which forms need to be completed
  • How to complete the forms
  • Hands on and step by step completing the settlement plan and financial assessment form
  • Recent changes and updates to the PSR program

Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact May Amouri (mamouri@rstp.ca).

Date: March 21, 2018
Time:  5:45 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th Floor, Mississauga

To register please click here

Posted: 03/09/2018 - 11:30

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for individuals who are preparing for a private sponsorship of a refugee/refugee family under Group of Five sponsorship

Topics covered will include:

  • Requirements for Groups of Five
  • Which forms need to be completed
  • How to complete the forms
  • Hands on and step by step completing the settlement plan and financial assessment form
  • Recent changes and updates to the PSR program

Sign-in will start at 5:45p.m. and the workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact May Amouri at mamouri@rstp.ca

Date: Wednesday March 7, 2018
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto

To register please click

Posted: 03/02/2018 - 14:20

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, and Lifeline Syria, are conducting a workshop in Toronto for new and experienced sponsors on Month 13 Planning.

Attendees will learn about:

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

During the workshop, Karen Anderson, from Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), will answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Date: Thursday February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University, OVPRI, 11th floor boardroom, 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 02/21/2018 - 12:50

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to join the webinar "Introduction to the Private Sponsorship  of Refugees Program"

The webinar will cover:

  • Launch of PSR program
  • Program evolvement over the years
  • PSR as part of resettlement
  • Eligibility criteria for sponsors and refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/09/2018 - 11:38

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