The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is conducting a workshop and discussion group in Toronto on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors.

 Sponsors will learn about:

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

 A representative from Toronto Employment and Social Services will also be in attendance to answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for social assistance (Ontario Works).

Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Danforth/Coxwell Library, Meeting Room, 1675 Danforth Avenue, Toronto (Danforth Ave & Coxwell Ave).

To register please click here

 Light refreshments will be provided. These events are co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library.

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 12:27

Project Welcome - Enactus Ryerson invites Newcomer Syrians to a free Financial Literacy Workshop: Budgeting and Goal Setting (Conducted in Arabic).

The event is targeted towards newcomer Syrians in Arabic on basic financial literacy.

The module on January 19th, 2017 introduces the participants on Budgeting and Goal Setting.

Topics include:

  • Imporance of Budgeting
  • Benefits of Budgeting
  • Components of a Budget
  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Storing Financial Records

For those who attend all 5 sessions will receive a financial literacy certificate. Please do not forget to sign in at he registration desk upon arrival.

Please note that this event will be led in Arabic.

Media may be present.

Date: Sunday January 22, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m
Location: Student Learning Centre: Launch Zone (3rd Floor) 341 Yonge St. Toronto

To register please click here

If you need more information, please email us at: projectwelcome@enactusryerson.ca

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 11:54

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Training and Sponsorship Program is pleased to offer webinar on The Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors.

For Frontline Staff

The Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors

This webinar is designed for the frontline staff at settlement organizations. It aims to clarify the role of sponsors under the PSR and BVOR programs. This is so that front line workers have a better understanding of how to support refugees during initial settlement in Ontario.

Date: February 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 10:11

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital is pleased to offer Intermediate Trauma-Focused Care: A Training for Settlement Workers Serving Refugees.

The training will help you to:

  • Increase knowledge about the specific mechanisms of trauma
  • Improve competency with identification and assessment
  • Use a specialized Tool-Kit to facilitate support
  • Increase your strategies in managing individuals in need
  • Provide structured referrals to reduce waiting-time for specialists

Note: This training is best suited to settlement workers with some pre-existing knowledge of or training in mental health and trauma. Space is limited, and we will endeavour to provide equal opportunity to all agencies in the area.

All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from OCASI.

Funded by Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre 3650 Dixie Rd, Mississauga

Registration deadline: January 23, 2017 (or once registration fills up).

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 09:56

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Training and Sponsorship Program is pleased to offer webinar on Transitioning from Refugee Sponsorship to Month 13 for Refugees Sponsored under the GAR, BVOR and PSR programs.

For Managers

This webinar is designed for managers at settlement organizations. It will provide information on how service providers can assist refugees and sponsors with planning for the transition to “Month 13” (the post-sponsorship period).

Date: January 18, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 09:45

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

For Managers

This webinar is designed for managers 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: January 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 09:18

Syrian refugees, as with many refugee populations resettling in Canada, have a diverse range of religious or spiritual backgrounds and practices. As a counsellor, how might you incorporate clients’ religious practices when assisting them with their mental health problems to? Is this recommended if you, as a counsellor, have different religious beliefs or practices from the client?

In this CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project webinar, Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical Counsellor at COSTI Immigrant Services, will discuss the benefits, issues and strategies around the inclusion of spiritual or religious practices in counselling a refugee client.


  • Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical Counselor working with the Syrian refugee population at COSTI Immigrant Services.

Learning objectives
By the endof this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of including elements of a client's religion or spirituality in counselling setting
  • List ways to approach and learn about a client's religious beliefs and practices
  • Recognize some of the client-centred religious practices that could be incorporated into treatment

Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 12/06/2016 - 10:08

Canadian Council for Refugees - One year after Syrians began to arrive in Canada as part of a major resettlement movement, newcomer-serving and private sponsorship organizations take the opportunity to salute and thank the countless Canadians who individually and collectively contributed to sponsoring and welcoming refugees.

Canada’s warm response to refugees depends on everyone doing their part: all levels of government, institutions, community organizations and individual citizens.

While sadly in many countries Syrians and others fleeing persecution are increasingly finding doors closed to them, Canadians are expressing gratitude to the Governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as to all provincial governments, for welcoming refugees to our country. In fact, many Canadians are disappointed that the government is not bringing more refugees more quickly, both from Syria and from elsewhere.

A highlight of the past year has been the close collaboration of governments at all levels, settlement sector, and voluntary and business sectors. We hope we can build on that collaboration for the future, so that we offer all newcomers the best possible chance of quick and full integration.

Posted: 12/05/2016 - 14:59

Are you a private sponsor of refugees looking for tools and information to improve the sponsorship experience? Do you wish you knew more about successful communication across cultures, or do you wish you could talk to other sponsors, sharing what you’ve experienced and learning from each other?

Refugee 613 presents a free, one-day forum designed to give Ottawa sponsors an intensive learning and sharing opportunity, featuring our partners from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), the Coalition in Ottawa for Refugees (COR) and Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI). This event is also open to volunteers working to provide government-assisted refugees with social and practical support.

A unique, interactive space for dialogue and learning will be provided for refugee sponsors. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, including two that will be delivered by the RSTP team, noted below:

  • Transitioning out of Sponsorship: Financially, Practically and Emotionally
  • Managing Expectations: Understanding the Ethical Dynamics of Sponsorship

The afternoon will include facilitated discussion and an information fair featuring Ottawa agencies providing key services.

Date: Saturday,December 3rd, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre 1805 Gaspé Avenue, Ottawa

To register please click here

Posted: 11/30/2016 - 09:44

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), in partnership with Refugee 613, is hosting a workshop for settlement agency staff based in Ottawa. The workshops will equip settlement agency staff, including settlement workers, managers, directors and other frontline workers, with training intended to support the services provided to privately sponsored refugees and work with refugee sponsors.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The role of settlement workers in private refugee sponsorship;
  • Common post-arrival challenges for privately sponsored refugees; and
  • Best practices for settlement workers when working with sponsors and privately sponsored refugees.

The workshop is open to all settlement agency staff based in Ottawa. Attendees are kindly requested to register in advance,as space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday December 1, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
OCISO, 945 Wellington St. West, Ottawa

To register please click here

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Scott (RSTP Trainer) at mscott@rstp.ca

Posted: 11/29/2016 - 16:52