Updates

Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances may arise when you have already submitted your private sponsorship application.

In this case, how do you keep Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) up to date with the changes?

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) will walk you through the steps through a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The importance of keeping IRCC up to date with the changes in circumstances

  • Who to contact and when

  • How to add dependents post-submission

  • What forms to complete

  • What supporting documents to include

Date: Thursday, 14th of March, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 03/12/2019 - 16:43

Disagreements and misunderstandings between private sponsors and the sponsored refugee may arise during the course of a sponsorship.

This may be caused because of difference in cultural perspectives and dimensions.

To help private sponsors mitigate conflict, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a workshop.

Participants will be able to learn more on the following topics:

  • Definition of culture

  • Sources of culture

  • How are we different

  • Our cultural lenses

  • Cultural perspective

  • Cultural dimensions

  • Negotiating conflicts

  • Conflict styles

Date: Thursday, 21st of March, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m

Location: GR meeting room, Grand River Stanley Park Community Library, 175 Indian Road, Kitchener

To register for this workshop or for more information, please click here


Posted: 03/12/2019 - 16:07


To help you understand refugees' experience better, Toronto Initiative For Iranian Studies in collaboration with Initiative For Iranian Studies, and Iran Namag is organizing a forum.

Participants will have the opportunity to have a conversation with afghan professionals and activists.

Date: Friday, 15th of May, 2019

Time: 4:00 P.M TO 6:00 P.M

Location: Toronto Initiative For Iranian Studies

For more information or to register for this event, please click here


Posted: 03/07/2019 - 15:07

Women in refugee camps are extremely vulnerable to violence as they are left out of basic decision making.

To highlight this issue, the Oxfam Canada is organizing “What She Knows Matters: Conversation On Women Refugees”.

The aim is to engage participants in an informal dialogue on the circumstances facing women refugees.

Live music and food are also on the agenda.  

Date: Friday, 15th of March, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m

Location: Centre for Social Innovation - Annex, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 03/07/2019 - 15:02

To mark the international Women’s day, the Intercultural Dialogue Institute is organizing a dinner.

The theme of the night is Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Stories Of Success And Challenge From Refugee Women.

The event will consist of:

  • Dinner/reception

  • Welcome speeches

  • Keynote speech

  • Women in leadership award presentation

  • Panel discussion

  • Question and answer

Date: Wednesday, 13th of March, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m to 8:45 p.m

Location: Multi-faith Centre

To register from this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 03/07/2019 - 14:33

The students Offering Welcome (SOW) in collaboration with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is organizing a panel of discussion around Bridging Borders.

The event aims to raise awareness around the refugee crisis.

Bridging Borders will feature experts who will share their various experiences and knowledge on the international refugee crisis.

The conversation will revolve around the experiences of refugees, the challenges and opportunities associated with their settlement.

The objective is to engage and educate community members in regards to refugee experience all while also raising funds for the Student Refugee Program and the Bikes For Refugees Program.

Date: Wednesday, 6th of March, 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m

Location: 10 C Community Room, 42 Carden Street, Guelph

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 02/26/2019 - 11:33

The University Of Toronto African Alumni Association is organizing a Refugee Awareness Week (RAW).

The aim is to have events that are geared toward educating the community about refugee issues and resettlement in Canada.

The event will be culminated by a RAW discussion panel.

The event will also include simulation camps in three libraries.

Date: Wednesday, 27th of February, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m

Location: Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto


For more information or to register for this event, please click here


Posted: 02/25/2019 - 18:07

The experiences of refugees often involve trauma, loss, and personal stress that can impact on the settlement and sense of well-being.

Supporting refugees can help them settle in their new environment more easily.

To help community workers support refugees, the CERIC Foundation House is organizing a presentation on findings drawn from a three year research program that examined best practices to support refugee student integration in schools and communities.

The presentation will involve a model that aims to create trauma-sensitive schools and recommendations.

The aim is to provide culturally responsive pedagogies and inclusive strategies to meet the needs of vulnerable youth.

Date: Thursday, 7th of March 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 02/25/2019 - 10:50

Helping refugees resettle in Canada can be stressful.

To help private sponsors take care of their wellness, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a wellness fair.

Participants will be to connect with health practitioners and wellness professionals.

They will provide information and and answers to your answers.

They will also help participants connect make connections in the following areas:

  • Yoga

  • Tai Chi

  • Massage

  • Meditation

  • Aromatherapy

  • Holistic nutrition

  • Iridology

  • Reflexology

  • Taekwondo

  • Acupuncture

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Reiki

  • Physiotherapy

Date: Saturday, 2nd of March, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m

Location: 4557 Hurontario Street, #B11/12, Mississauga ON L4Z 3M2

To RSVP to this event, please email psr@list.rstp.ca and ihamid@rstp.ca


Posted: 02/25/2019 - 10:45

Unrealistic expectations from the private sponsor and the sponsored refugee can lead to a sponsorship breakdown.

That is why it is important to manage the expectations of both parties right from the beginning.

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar to help you manage your expectations.

Date: Thursday, 28th of February, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m tp 3:00 p.m

To register for the event or for more information, please click here

Posted: 02/22/2019 - 17:09

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