"Produced by the Niagara Regional Police Service Video Unit in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Halton Regional Police Service, this video provides Arabic-speaking newcomers to Canada with an overview of the function and mandate of policing in Canada, Constitutional rights and what they can expect in terms of services and during encounters with the police".

Welcome to Canada - Arabic [Video] with English subtitles.

Posted: 06/01/2017 - 12:39

Access Alliance conducted key informant interviews to document how health, settlement and community agencies in Toronto, Peel and Kitchener-Waterloo regions planned and delivered services to Syrian refugee families. The goal of the symposium is to share results from our study, and discuss best practices in terms of planning, coordinating/collaborating and delivering services to refugee families, particularly when large cohorts of refugees arrive within short span of time.

The symposium will begin with presentation of study results by Access Alliance research team. We will also screen a short film that captures lived experience perspectives from Syrian clients across the GTA. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the implications of the study findings, and a facilitated conversation on best practices in providing effective and equitable services to refugee families.

A panel discussion will follow to respond on the key findings, as well as sharing learnings on Syrian refugee resettlement from a cross-sectoral perspective.

Panelists will include:

  • Bayan Khatib, Co-Founder and Board of Director, Syrian Canadian Foundation
  • Kim Cook, Vice President of Community Health and Chief Professional Practice, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
  • Elaine Ebach, Health Promotion Specialist, Toronto Public Health
  • Director (TBD), COSTI

A short video will also be shared highlighting stories from Syrian clients across the GTA.

Date: Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #4, 100 Queen Street West

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact event lead Meriem Benlamri at mbenlamri@accessalliance.ca.

To register please click here

Posted: 05/24/2017 - 12:18

This free public symposium will features guest speakers from research, policy, practitioner, and activist communities discussing the history, processes, research, and challenges for resettlement, particularly for young adults.

Areas for discussion will include:

  • changes to refugee and immigration policy
  • activist and community mobilizations to support those with precarious status
  • access to post-secondary education
  • implications for the discourse of ‘radicalization’ in public policy
  • the role of the arts, media, and public pedagogy

Youth, War and Migration is a project that focuses on the everyday realities of youth and young adults from the Middle East as they have experienced war, militarization, displacement, migration and resettlement.

Date: Saturday May 27th, 2017
Time: 9:30a.m. - 7:00p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, OISE Library, Main Floor
252 Bloor St W, Toronto.

Although this event is free, you must register in order to attend.

To register please click here

Posted: 05/10/2017 - 10:39

This research symposium will bring together researchers from across education, health, human rights and other disciplines, to exchange ideas, promote research, education, discuss and facilitate collaboration in the field of refugee education and social inclusion.

This symposium is a collaboration of Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, George Brown College, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Wellesley Institute and the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. 

  • Welcome by George Brown College President -  Anne Sado
  • Opening Remarks by Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture - Mr. Mulugeta Abai
  • Keynote Address - Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute

The research symposium will:

  • Share lessons from the research on integrating refugees into post-secondary education. 
  • Create a dialogue on needs, barriers facing refugees and new immigrants and facilitators to inform policy changes.

The day will also include panels on three thematic tracks:

  • Citizenship, migrants, and refugees
  • Education, health, and social inclusion
  • The global economy and human rights

Lunch and snacks included in conference fee

This symposium is made possible with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Date: June7, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: George Brown College, 290 Adelaide Street, Room Number 406, Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 05/09/2017 - 12:05

With the influx of sponsored refugees, frontline service providers often find themselves wondering whether and to what extent to include refugee sponsors in their work with refugee clients.

Join us to hear how Lucine Tchakerian navigated such dilemmas and effectively partnered with sponsors to better meet the needs of refugee clients.

Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.

For more information please contact Sara Shahsiah at sshahsiah@ocasi.org

To register please click here

Posted: 05/04/2017 - 12:14

Settlement, social service and health care providers across Canada are invited to enrol in this self-paced, online course on the mental health needs and considerations for Syrian refugees. The course and community of practice feature an inter-professional panel of experts, on hand to answer practice questions.

This training is part of the Refugee Mental Health Project, developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and addresses the unique needs of refugee populations with specific focus on Syrian refugees.

About the course: 

This course runs for a period of six weeks. During this time, you will have access to the online course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to complete the course at your own pace. There are two versions of the course. One is tailored to the needs of settlement workers and social service providers and the other to health care providers. For more information, please read the information and Frequently Asked Questions on our website

Course participants will also receive access to the national online Community of Practice (CoP), resource toolkit, monthly webinar series and other project activities.

Course registration is free thanks to funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

To register please click here

For more information and resources, visit the website: https://www.porticonetwork.ca/web/rmhp

Posted: 04/26/2017 - 11:48

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