Updates

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) will be hosting its next free legal clinic.

Come to the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program's free clinic to meet with a lawyer who can:

  • Provide information about the requirements of Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
  • Help fill out and review your sponsorship forms

At these legal clinics, Refugee SSP offers free refugee sponsorship application support from their pro bono lawyers that have been trained by RSTP. 

Refugee SSP is happy to work with you on cases that are being submitted through SAHs as well as Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.

To register, please contact Refugee SSP via email: refugeessptoronto@gmail.com by August 31, 2017.

Date: Saturday September 9, 2017
Location: Downtown Toronto - details will be provided upon registration.

Posted: 08/17/2017 - 11:13

Refugee Sponsorship Training program (RSTP) and London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) are inviting you to their free session on sponsorship, settlement and post arrival support and the resettlement of Yazidi resettlement in London.

This session will be open to potential and active private refugee sponsoring groups and will include the topics below:

  • Private Sponsorship Of Refugee (PSR) Program – Requirements and Process
  • Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Program
  • Resettlement of Yazidi Refugees under the Joint Assistant Sponsorship Program
  • Settlement and Post Arrival Support

The session will be followed by panel discussion.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Location: Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC), 505 Dundas St. London.

To Register, plesase click here

Posted: 08/14/2017 - 09:43

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) is hosting a free information session in Toronto for sponsors and newly arrived refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship
  • The refugee sponsorship application process
  • Other potential immigration streams available to newly arrived refugees to bring their family and friends to Canada.

The session will be conducted in English and Arabic, and attendees will have the opportunity to consult with pro bono lawyers from the Refugee SSP during the session.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catholic Cross Cultural Center, 55 Town Centre Court Suite 401, Toronto

Space is limited; attendees are kindly requested to register. To register please, click here

Posted: 08/02/2017 - 14:33

CTVNews Ottawa - It's hard to imagine a group of grads looking happier than they did today.

Fifteen of them, all Syrians, all part of Algonquin College's first class of Culinary and Job Skills for Newcomers to Canada. When they stepped foot on Canadian soil several months ago, these Syrian refugees were embarking on new lives.

Now, they're embarking on new careers, embracing their country and a whole new way of life.

For Samir Massoud, this is a proud moment, as he dons his graduation gown.  It is the fulfillment of a dream that started almost exactly one year ago, when he and his family came to Canada from Syria.

“I came from Syria on July 26th,” he says, in surprisingly good English, “The situation there was terrible. Thanks to Canada, I’m safe, my family.  I feel great.”

It is great, too, for him to stand alongside 14 other Syrian refugees at the H building at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.  They are the first graduates of a new class at Algonquin for newcomers from Syria, in culinary and job skills.

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Posted: 07/20/2017 - 12:10

Are you interested in knowing how to sponsors refugees from overseas as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor and need to know how?

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in partnership with Menonite Central Committee (MCC) will conduct an information session on G5 and Community Sponsorship options. 

In these session, you will learn what a G5 and Community Sponsorships are, what the requirements are for sponsoring through those streams and what forms you will need to fill. 

Come and learn about G5 and Community Sponsorship and have your questions answered by experts in the field of Private Refugee Sponsorship (PSR).

Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room Upstairs 50 Kent Avenue Kitchener, Ontario

To register please click here

Posted: 07/19/2017 - 11:57

Are you interested in knowing how to sponsors refugees from overseas as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor and need to know how?

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in partnership with Menonite Central Committee (MCC) will conduct an information session on G5 and Community Sponsorship options. 

In these session, you will learn what a G5 and Community Sponsorships are, what the requirements are for sponsoring through those streams and what forms you will need to fill. 

Come and learn about G5 and Community Sponsorship and have your questions answered by experts in the field of Private Refugee Sponsorship (PSR).

Date: July 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre 85 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3C7

To register please click here

Posted: 07/19/2017 - 11:37

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

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

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

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