The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop  in Toronto for new and experienced sponsors. The workshop will provide an in-depth look into sponsoring refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program as a Community Sponsor.

Topics covered will include:

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

Sign-in will start from 6.00pm and the workshop will start at 6.15pm.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto Public Library - Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave.

Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP using the following link: https://rstptorontoaug23.eventbrite.ca

Posted: 08/14/2017 - 10:53

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) is hosting a webinar on the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program and the Congolese Refugees

Jonathan Porter, a former Resettlement Expert deployee with the UNHCR, who worked in resettlement operations in Kenya, Chad, South Africa and Rwanda, where he interviewed and referred Congolese refugees for resettlement, will share his experiences.

The webinar will include:

  • A brief description of the profiles of Congolese refugees, including those selected for resettlement
  • Information on the main countries of asylum for Congolese refugees
  • Discussion on the prospects of durable solutions, including resettlement, for Congolese refugees
  • An explanation of how sponsors can help resettle these refugees through the BVOR program

 Note: If you prefer to ask questions in French, you are more than welcome to do so during the question and answer period.

Date: Wednesday August 9, 2017
Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 08/08/2017 - 08:53

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

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

Topics will include:

  • Overview of Private Sponsorship
  • Eligibility and Admissibility
  • Who can be included in the application?
  • Sponsorship Process

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

Date:August 9, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Cross Cultural Center 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th Floor, Mississauga

To register, please click here

Posted: 08/02/2017 - 12:22

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) invites you to a webinar: Introduction to PSR.

This 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 August 15, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/28/2017 - 12:02

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) invites you to a webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Group of Five and Community Sponsor.

This webinar will cover:

  • Overview of G5 sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors)
  • Overview of CS sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors)
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Application forms for G5 and CS
  • Application forms for refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: Thursday August 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/28/2017 - 11:44

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) invites you to a webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This webinar will cover:

  • Sponsors’ responsibilities
  • Connecting with Settlement Services for Newcomers
  • Ethical Considerations in Sponsorship
  • Managing Expectations
  • Preparing for Month 13

Date: Tuesday August 22, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/25/2017 - 12:37

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