Participate in this webinar to learn from an experienced lawyer how to understand a refusal of an application by a privately sponsored refugee and what you can do about it.  We will look at the practical steps, including deadlines, filing requirements in Federal Court, obtaining the officer's notes, and the relevant documents needed.  We will also focus on identifying critical issues, and how to assess them. 

This webinar is jointly organized by the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Réseau des Organismes et Groupes de parrainage des réfugiés au Québec (ROGPRAQ).

Cette session aura lieu en anglais, mais les participants peuvent poser leurs questions en français.


  • Tim Wichert

Tim is a lawyer based in Toronto, working with Jackman, Nazami & Associates.  He focuses on refugee law, with a particular focus on judicial reviews (appeals) of refused refugee sponsorships.  In the past, he also worked as Program Coordinator for a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH).

Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Click here to register for the webinar and to complete your registration payment.

Posted: 03/27/2017 - 10:24

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the Sponsorship Cost Table. These updates are now live in the following guide:

Refugee Sponsorship Application Guide [IMM 5413] 

Appendix A: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5413ETOC.asp#appa.

The following forms for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors have been changed to reflect the updated Sponsorship Cost Table amounts:

  1. Settlement Plan — Group of Five [IMM 5373A] (PDF, 1.21 MB)
  2. Settlement Plan and Financial Assessment — Community Sponsors [IMM 5515] (PDF, 1.45 MB)

The 2017 Sponsorship Cost Table and In-Kind Deduction Table amounts were slightly increased due to the addition of a housing supplement of $75/month for single individuals and $100/month for families (amounting to $900 or $1200 extra annually).

Please be advised that there will be a short grace period until May 1st, 2017. Any applications received by IRCC as of May 1st, 2017 must have the new form version for the IMM5373A/IMM5515 and will be assessed using the updated Sponsorship Cost Table amounts. Old forms versions will not be accepted after April 30th, 2017.

Posted: 03/20/2017 - 16:00

 The Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host a free, interactive webinar about important tax topics for newcomers to Canada. These topics include:

  • Filing a tax return
  • Benefits and credits
  • Direct deposit and My Account
  • Helpful tools and tips

Participants can ask questions and get more information during the live webinar.

English session:  2:00 p.m. Eastern time Register now

French session:  11:00 a.m. Eastern time Register now

When:  Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Posted: 03/10/2017 - 14:57

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) invites you to a webinar: Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees.

This webinar will clarify some of the misconceptions about refugees, focusing on debunking common myths and examining the differences between refugees and migrants. The webinar will also provide information on the demographic of Syrian refugees that were sponsored and resettled to Canada in 2015/2016. 

The webinar is designed for experienced sponsors across Canada, as well as sponsors new to the sponsorship process, and for individuals that are interested in learning more about refugees.

Date: Thursday April 6, 2017|
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 03/08/2017 - 11:54

CBC Nova Scotia - 'I like hockey now,' says Alaa Alhraki, who came to Canada 6 months ago.

Members of the Cole Harbour White Midget X team spent Saturday night in the gym at Armbrae Academy in Halifax teaching Syrian refugees how to play floor hockey.

One of the newcomers was Alaa Alhraki, 25, who moved to Canada six months ago. He said he appreciated learning the game.

"I like hockey now," Alhraki said. "The community, the communication, anything here with community, that's good hockey."

Ryan MacKenzie, the team's assistant coach, was impressed with the enthusiasm the Syrians displayed.

"Their attitudes are great. Everything is 'Thank you, thank you, thank you,'" he said.

The floor hockey lessons are the latest effort the hockey team, formerly known as the Auburn High Eagles, has made to give back to the community.

There were about 10 newcomers taking part in the game. The youngest player was five and the oldest were in their 20s.

Read full article

Posted: 03/07/2017 - 12:03

The Spectator Hamilton - The joy in the YWCA gym was undeniable as about 100 Syrian refugee women and girls laughed, danced, shared a meal and celebrated their new lives in Canada.

The women were part of a group of 200 who participated in the Road to Wellness program run by the YWCA in collaboration with Wesley Urban Ministries, the agency now working with government- assisted refugees.

The free program, which started last September and ended with Thursday's celebration, provided women's health education, exercise and nutrition classes, and surprisingly, taught the women how to swim — a terrifying experience for those who escaped across the Mediterranean into Europe by boat before being accepted to Canada.

"It was terrifying for them and for me," said Kate Stinson, the 17-year-old lifeguard who taught them to swim. "None spoke English. None had been in a pool before.

"They all had lifebelts on and they were all very nervous. But by the last week, 10 of them were diving," Stinson added.

The program also gave the new arrivals a social network as they got to know each other — and a sense of belonging in their new country.

YWCA health and wellness co-ordinator Rana Aldibs said the transformation has been amazing. The women have higher self-esteem, are more comfortable dealing with others, and understand the importance of being physically active, she said.

Read full article.

Posted: 03/06/2017 - 11:59

This summer, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is proud to offer 350 free spots to refugee children in Canadian summer camps across the country. Accredited Camps are providing hundreds of free spaces at their camps for children ages 4-15 who have come to Canada as refugees in the last three years.

Thanks to the generous donations from Accredited Camps across Ontario, we are offering free spots to a variety of camps, including:

  • Day or overnight camps
  • Specialty camps
  • Religious or non-religious camps
  • All boy, all girl, or co-ed camps
  • One week or multi-week camps

Agencies, Organizations, Sponsors and Families must first complete an application form for the family.

For more information or to apply please click here

Posted: 02/21/2017 - 15:51

Like many refugee children before them, Syrian refugee children currently resettling in Canada may be coping with a range of mental health difficulties as a result of pre-migration, migration or post-migration trauma.

How can parents, teachers, settlement and social service providers assist these school-aged children with these difficulties?

Presenter: Dr. Ghayda Hassan of the Université du Québec à Montréal  (UQAM)

Learning objectives
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe signs warranting specialized mental health support for children vs.  the need for stability and integration in post-migration
  • list approaches that can be used in the family, school or community environment to help school-aged children cope with difficulties.

Date: Wednesday February 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

To register please click here

Posted: 02/21/2017 - 14:12

The Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum is hosting a workshop and discussion group on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors.

Sponsors will learn from an RSTP trainer about:

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

Date: Friday, March 03, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: First Baptist 255 Woolwich Street Guelph Ontario, N1H 3V8 

To register, please e-mail to guelphrefugeeforum@gmail.com

Posted: 02/15/2017 - 16:14

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with RSTP - Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is pleased to offer webinar on Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees and Syrian Refugees.

For Frontline Staff

This webinar is designed for frontline staff at settlement organizations. It will provide information on Syrian refugees, the demographic of resettled Syrian refugees, the differences between refugees and other immigrants, and the differences between sponsored Syrian refugees and in-land refugee claimants. The webinar will clarify some of the misconceptions about resettled Syrian refugees so that settlement organizations are able to better assist Syrian refugees.

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa at sali-mohammed@ocasi.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 11:11