The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is hosting a free workshop for new and experienced sponsors that will provide an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program.

Topics covered, will include:

  • Recent changes and updates to the PSR program
  • Specific requirements for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors
  • Eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored
  • The sponsorship process
  • Which forms need to be completed
  • The One Year Window (OYW), why it is important and how it works

Light Refreshments will be provided. 

Date: July 27, 2017
Time:  5:45 p.m.8:00 p.m.

To register, please click here

Posted: 07/10/2017 - 11:50

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: Thursday July 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 14:36

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: Monday July 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT 

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 14:23

This webinar will cover:

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

Date: Wednesday July 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT 

To register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 14:18

As someone working on the frontlines with newcomers to Canada, including refugees, we ask for your help in telling them about the need to file an income tax and benefit return to continue getting benefit and credit payments.

Newcomers could be eligible for payments such as the Canada child benefit (CCB) and the credit for the goods and services tax / harmonized sales tax. These, and related provincial and territorial benefits and credits, help many newcomers and their families as they transition and settle into a new life in Canada. If eligible, families earning less than $30,000 in net annual household income could get up to $6,400 (annual) in CCB payments for each child under six, and $5,400 for each child aged 6-17.

To continue getting benefit and credit payments, individuals have to file a return on time every year, even if they did not earn income. Their spouse or common-law partner must also file a return.

Many newcomers have already filed their returns, but if you know someone who has not yet done so, encourage them to file as soon as possible to continue getting payments in July without interruption. If they need free help with their return, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program clinics are available in various locations across the country.

To find a clinic, please visit cra.gc.ca/volunteer.

We have multilingual (English, French, Arabic) posters that provide more information. For print-ready copies, please contact us at Commsupp-G@cra-arc.gc.ca and we will be happy to e-mail them to you.

Posted: 06/19/2017 - 13:37

Refugee Sposorship Training Program in partnership with the Town of Whitby Ethno-Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee, and Welcome Centre Immigrant Services serving the Durham Region invites you to an information session: Family Reunification – How to Sponsor Refugees Info Session (in Arabic & English).

This session will cover:

  •  Family reunification through refugee sponsorship
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • What is proof of refugee status?
  • Who can sponsor?
  • Steps in the sponsorship process and One Year Window applications

Date: Wednesday July 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Whitby Central Library 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario

For registration, please call Ana Fabroa 905-420-3607 or email afabroa@unemployedhelp.on.ca before June 28, 2017

Posted: 06/14/2017 - 11:19

Are you interested in sponsoring a refugee or a refugee family, but do not have a particular refugee or refugee family in mind?

You can help sponsor a refugee or a refugee family through the Blended Visa Office Referred  ("BVOR") program, a cost sharing initiative  between Private Sponsors and the Government of Canada.

The BVOR program  RSTP is hosting a webinar to provide details about refugees matched under this program and to answer any questions that you may have on this wonderful Program.

This webinar will explain who can sponsor or be sponsored through the BVOR program, as well as the financial requirements and settlement responsibilities associated with being a sponsor.

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017  
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 06/14/2017 - 10:26

CBCNews - The Livelihood Project combines a community space, agency and app to help newcomers find careers.

Thousands of refugees and other newcomers arrive in Toronto every year, but many struggle to find a job, let alone one they want.

To solve that, problem Arash Samimi co-founded The Livelihood Project  - a community space, an agency and a mobile app all designed to help newcomers find employment and build careers.

While supports for refugees and immigrants are already available, Samimi says his effort is different.

"With the recent influx of refugees and newcomers to Canada, many organizations have stepped up to help these people," he told CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "However, the problem that remains is the question of how are these people going to have long-term careers and get integrated into Canadian markets."

Samimi says The Livelihood Project goes further because beyond just finding refugees a job, it helps them develop the skills necessary to have a long-term career.

"[We're] helping these people develop those skills that are adaptable to the changes in the economy."

Samimi's efforts share some similarities to services provided by YMCAACCES Employment and the City of Toronto, its smartphone app sets it apart.

And while the mobile app is the centrepiece of The Livelihood Project by providing a roadmap to users of how to get to the career of the choice, it's supplemented by the project's other pillars, including its café.

"The technology on its own is not going to help without having interaction with [others, so the] café exists as a community centre, a training centre, and as a resource centre," Samimi added.

The Livelihood Project was launched in 2015 and has already drawn the attention of non-profit organization Mitacs, which has given Samimi its Social Entrepreneur Award at a gala Thursday night.

The project has taken a lot of time to complete, but Samimi says he has invested so much time in it because he loves giving back to the community.

"As a citizen of this planet I'd love to help people. I'd love to make a change. I want to see technology help people."

Posted: 06/13/2017 - 11:09

CBCNews - Many of the Syrian newcomers who helped organize the lunch were fasting themselves.

Syrian newcomers hosted a free lunch on Sunday for homeless and low-income Torontonians as a way of giving back during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. 

"We want to show other people how Muslims are in Ramadan, we need to show others we have ... to give our help to other people," said Mohamad Alhaj, who arrived in Toronto 18 months ago. 

The event was spearheaded by Mes Amis Canada, an organization that has helped settle 3,000 refugees in the country over the last 18 months. 

Over a hundred volunteers, many of whom were refugees or newcomers, helped out at the event.

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Posted: 06/13/2017 - 10:52

The Ontartio Council of Agencies Serving Immigrantas invites you to participate in Refugee Settlement Support Project Best Practices Webinar Series for frontline staff.

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program is a nation-wide project that trains lawyers and law students to assist refugee sponsorship groups with the refugee sponsorship application and process.


  • Kelsey Lange, Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (RSSP)

Join us with RSSP’s Toronto Legal Coordinator, Kelsey Lange, to find out more about this free service and how service providers can make use of this resource.

Date: June 27, 2017 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 06/09/2017 - 15:43