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Latest Policy & Program Updates

  • Letter Templates for Use by Sponsors on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

    IRCC has shared letter templates that sponsors can adapt for use with the newcomers they sponsor so they: Understand the consequences of applying and receiving funds from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) if they do not meet the eligibility requirements of the program; and, Understand that any funds received from the CERB is considered […]

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  • IRCC Multi-Language Resources on COVID-19

    IRCC has translated some existing COVID-19 related resources into various languages, including information on the financial assistance programs available to sponsored newcomers if they meet the eligibility requirements for each of the programs. The resources can be accessed on IRCC’s website at the following links: English: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/financial-assistance.html French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/coronavirus-covid19/aide-financiere.html For information on how COVID-19 is affecting refugee […]

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  • Guidance from IRCC for Private Sponsors Regarding COVID-19

    IRCC acknowledges the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the refugee sponsorship community. Refugee sponsors have an important role to play in ensuring that sponsored refugees continue to receive the standard levels of support while taking into account COVID-19 specific guidelines created by governments at all levels. IRCC have produced a document […]

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  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Multi-Language Resources on COVID-19

    The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has a number of multi-language awareness resources on COVID-19, including fact sheets on physical distancing, how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, how to self-isolate, taking care of your mental health during self-isolation and advice for mothers on pregnancy and caring for newborns. The resources can be accessed […]

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  • Summary of Financial Benefits Available Under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Multi-Language)

    Available in the following languages: English; French; Amharic; Arabic; Armenian; Dari; Somali; Spanish; and, Tigrinya.

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  • RSTP Services to Sponsors Continue Virtually

    March 31, 2020 RSTP continues to provide a full range of virtual services to Canada’s refugee sponsorship community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check our website, www.rstp.ca, for dates and times of upcoming online workshops and courses. RSTP trainers across Canada are available for virtual consultation from 9 to 5 each day, by appointment. Among […]

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  • COVID-19: ROC-O Update on Refugee Arrivals

    Following the announcement of the Prime Minister on March 16, 2020, travel to Canada has been restricted in response to COVID-19, allowing entry only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with certain exceptions. Detailed information on these exceptions have been outlined and include family members of Canadian citizens and residents, and foreign nationals, including privately-sponsored refugees […]

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  • COVID-19 – Update from IRCC on Submission of Refugee Sponsorship Applications

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, IRCC offices have scaled down their services to the public as of March 17, 2020. Following the directive of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer and local health authorities, all ROC-O employees are teleworking in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Due to the current disruption to normal operations, […]

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  • Read Our New COVID-19 Fact Sheet

    Read our new COVID-19 Fact Sheet

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  • Updates to the Immigration Loans Program (ILP)

    We are happy to report that the Immigration Loans Program (ILP) delivery instructions has been recently updated and posted on the Canada.ca website, as a courtesy to stakeholders. The ILP provides eligible immigrants, who are mainly refugees selected for resettlement to Canada, with access to funding that would otherwise not be available to them. Loans […]

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