Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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  • Financial Responsibilities for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors

    This webinar for new and experienced Groups of Five and Community Sponsors reviews sponsors’ financial responsibilities; examines the relationship between the Sponsorship Cost Table/In-Kind Deduction Table and the RAP Rates; provides an overview of the RAP Rates and a demonstration on how to use them to calculate the minimum level of financial support required on […]

  • Financial Responsibilities for SAHs

    This webinar for new and experienced SAHs provides an in-depth look at sponsors’ financial responsibilities as outlined in the Sponsorship Agreement, Appendix A of the IMM 5413 Guide and Section F of the Sponsorship Undertaking [IMM 5373] form.  It also provides an overview of the RAP Rates and a demonstration on how to use them to […]

  • FAQs on Post Arrival Financial Support for SAHs

    This webinar for new and experienced SAHs provides an in-depth look at the recent changes and updates to the FAQs on Post-Arrival Financial Support and use case scenarios to provide examples on how the principles of the FAQs can be applied.  

  • OPENING DOORS: Metal Bar Sponsors Refugees

    The owner and staff of a Hamilton, Ontario metal bar joined forces with friends and family to sponsor a Syrian family of four. They are going to sponsor refugees every year through BVOR, the quickest form of sponsorship.

  • How to form a #BVOR refugee sponsor group

    Natasha Carew and Sean Ritchie invited their wedding guests to join them in sponsoring a refugee family through the #BVOR program. It worked so well that they encourage others to use major life events to form a sponsorship group.

  • Checking In: Helping Sponsored Refugees Work

    A Whistler, B.C. hotel has partnered with local refugee sponsors to provide jobs for qualified newcomers.

  • Growing Jobs: Sponsor Offers Refugees Greenhouse Jobs

    A greenhouse owner offers jobs to the refugees his group sponsored — with surprising results.

  • Open Hearts – Small Town Refugee Sponsorship

    Sponsor groups in southwestern Ontario share how their smaller communities offer support, networking and employment for refugees, and how they benefit from sponsoring.

  • Four steps to BVOR sponsorship

    Wondering how to find a refugee to sponsor? BVOR is an innovative program that matches you with UN-referred refugees in need.

  • Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs

    (2019) Topics covered: an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship programs; the history and launch of the PSR program; and, the PSR program as part of global resettlement efforts.

  • The PSR Program: Who can sponsor and who can be sponsored

    (2019) Topics covered: who can sponsor under the PSR program; who can be sponsored; refugee status documents: what are they and who needs them; and, an overview of sponsors’ financial and settlement responsibilities under the PSR program.

  • The PSR Program: How to prepare and submit a successful application package

    (2019) Topics covered: an overview of the application process; recent updates and changes to processing; who can be included on one application package; what supporting documents need to be included in the application package; completing the forms for Groups of Five; completing the forms for Community Sponsors; proof of funds requirements; and, completing the refugees’ […]

  • The PSR Program: Adding dependents post-submission and updating applications

    (2019) Topics covered: the importance of keeping IRCC up-to-date with any changes in circumstances; who to contact and when; and, how to add dependents post-submission.

  • The PSR Program: Supporting Settlement and Integration

    (2019) Topics covered: recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program; the importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency; managing expectations; power imbalance; and, ethical considerations.

  • The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13

    (2019) Topics covered: when should sponsors start preparing for Month 13; what to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13; services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13; evaluating the sponsorship; and, the post-sponsorship relationship.  

  • How to Submit a PSR Application to ROC-O by Email

    (2019) This webinar for Groups of Five, Community Sponsors, and Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) will walk through the steps required to submit an application to ROC-O via email.

  • Preserving and Improving the Mental Health of Refugees, their Sponsors and Supporters

    (2019) In this webinar delivered by Klaus Gruber, he reviews what we understand about mental health and the threats and challenges to sound mental health as well as the contributions to resilience. Klaus also touches on what we mean by mental illness and what illnesses or disorders refugees might be most vulnerable to. Klaus also reviews […]

  • When Helping Hurts – Reviewing Vicarious Trauma

    (2019) In this webinar, Klaus Gruber shared information on the concept of vicarious trauma, how it affects us, and also presents ideas about how we can protect ourselves while helping those who are primary sufferers of trauma.  

  • Refugee Sponsorship, Cultural Sensitivity and Communication: Communicating across Cultures

    (2019) This webinar will provide refugee sponsors with information and tips on cross-cultural communication styles.  The following topics will be covered: dimensions of culture; aspects of cultural differences; visible and non-visible aspects of culture; individual and family dynamics; verbal and nonverbal Communication; differences within the “similarly perceived” cultures; the refugee experience; and, where do we […]

  • L’histoire de Solien, du Congo

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  • The Private Sponsorship of Refugees program: an overview.

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  • A new twist on refugee sponsorship

    Natasha Carew and Sean Ritchie invited their wedding guests to join them on a unique journey — sponsoring a refugee family to Canada. Please click here to view the video.

  • The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

    Learn how the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) can help you sponsor refugees to Canada. Please click here to view the video.

  • Sponsorship and Settlement of Privately Sponsored Refugees in Ontario

    Learn about the sponsorship and settlement of privately sponsored refugees in Ontario. Please click here to view the video.

  • Month 13 Webinar for the Atlantic Provinces: Preparing for the end of sponsorship

    (2018) Sponsors in the Atlantic Provinces will learn the following: When should sponsors start preparing for the end of sponsorship?; What to consider when preparing newcomers for post sponsorship?; What programs are available for sponsored newcomers post sponsorship?; and The post sponsorship relationship.

  • RAP Rates: Alberta

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Alberta (AB), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for AB and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for groups sponsoring under […]

  • RAP Rates: British Columbia

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in British Columbia (BC), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for BC and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for groups […]

  • RAP Rates: Newfoundland and Labrador

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for NL and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for […]

  • RAP Rates: Prince Edward Island

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Prince Edward Island (PE), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.  The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for PE and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important […]

  • RAP Rates: New Brunswick

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in New Brunswick (NB), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for NB and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for […]

  • RAP Rates: Ontario

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Ontario (ON), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for ON and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for groups […]

  • RAP Rates: Nova Scotia

    (2018) This webinar is for new and experienced sponsors located in Nova Scotia (NS), including Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors. The webinar will provide sponsors with an in-depth look at the RAP rates for NS and an understanding of why the RAP rates are important for groups […]

  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Supporting Settlement and Integration

    (Dec 2017) This webinar provides an overview  of settlement and integration with in the context of private refugee sponsorship and the topics includes Settlement stages; Sponsors’ role; Settlement support provided by sponsors; Working together: roles of Sponsorship Groups & Availability of government funded Settlement Services; Where to look for agencies for newcomers?; Managing expectations; and Code […]

  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program

    (2017) This webinar presents an overview of the private sponsorship and the requirements for private sponsors and refugees. The webinar will cover the following topics; launch of PSR program, program evolvement over the years, PSR as part of resettlement, eligibility criteria for sponsors and refugee applicants, and sponsorship process.

  • BVOR Program & Eritrean Refugees

    (2017) This video provides a brief description of the profiles of Eritrean refugees, including those identified for resettlement by UNHCR; discussion on the prospects of durable solutions, including resettlement, for Eritrean refugees; and an explanation of how sponsors can help resettle these refugees through the BVOR program.  Due to its file size, we have uploaded […]

  • BVOR Program & Congolese Refugees

    (2017) This video provides a brief description of the profiles of Congolese refugees, including those selected for resettlement; information on the main countries of asylum for Congolese refugees; discussion on the prospects of durable solutions, including resettlement, for Congolese refugees; and an explanation of how sponsors can help resettle these refugees through the BVOR program.  […]

  • Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees and Syrian Refugees

    (2017) This webinar clarifies misconceptions about refugees; examines the differences between refugees and immigrants/migrants; provides information on the demographic of Syrian refugees that were sponsored to Canada in 2015/2016; and, looks into Canada’s response in 2015/2016 to the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crises.  Due to its file size, we have uploaded the video to the RSTP […]

  • Power Imbalance

    (2017) In this video, sponsors will learn about: how to minimize power imbalance within the sponsor-refugee relationship.

  • Sponsorship Ethics

    (2017) In this video, sponsors will learn about: ethical practices to consider in refugee sponsorship.

  • Managing Expectations

      (2017) In this video, sponsors will learn about how expectations can be managed to avoid potential conflict and facilitate a successful sponsorship.

  • Month 13 Planning

    (2017) In this video on Month 13 planning, sponsors will learn about: when to start preparing newcomers for Month 13, post-sponsorship services and resources that may be available for newcomers, the role of sponsors during the transition period, and the post-sponsorship relationship.

  • Supporting Refugee Mental Health

    August 10, 2016.  Webinar session features Ms. Mariana Martinez Vieyra, a guest speaker from Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST). The presentation covers the following topics: Mental Health Concerns for Refugee Adults and Children, Trauma and PTSD, Healing in a Community-Based Context, VAST Vulnerability Screening Tool.

  • Supporting Settlement and Integration

    July 19, 2016.  The session covers the following topics: Handling Unrealistic Expectations, Establishing Communication, Cultural Awareness, and Ethical Considerations in Settlement.

  • Planning for the Month 13: BC Employment and Assistance Program

    November 29, 2016.  As part of RSTP’s webinar series on planning for the transition to Month 13, RSTP organized a webinar session for sponsors in British Columbia focusing on  BC Employment and Assistance Program.  Guest presenters from the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) spoke about eligibility criteria, application process, and responsibilities […]

  • Planning for Month 13: New Brunswick Social Assistance

    December 20, 2016.  This webinar provides an overview of the process of transitioning from private sponsorship to Social Assistance in New Brunswick. Guest speaker, Sacha Hamming, Social Development Transition Coordinator with the Y of Greater Saint John, provides a detailed overview of the general eligibility and process, as well as answers questions from sponsors.  Please click on […]

  • Planning for Month 13: Nova Scotia Income Assistance

    December 19, 2016.  This webinar provides an overview of the process of transitioning from private sponsorship to Income Assistance in Nova Scotia. Guest speakers from the Department of Community Services, Denise MacDonald-Billard (Director of Income Assistance, DCS), and Cyd Lepage, (Income Assistance Specialist, Central Region, DCS) provide a detailed overview of the eligibility, process, as well […]

  • Sponsoring Refugees Through a Group of Five

    Are you a member of a Group of Five but not sure what forms are needed? Wondering what happens to a refugee sponsorship application after you submit in Canada? This web-based training session offered more information about the necessary forms, the in-Canada processing of G5 applications, common reasons for returns/rejections, refugee status recognition proof and […]

  • Completing the IMM0008 Forms

    Step-by-step, this video reviews important items contained in the forms that comprise the permanent residence application package for refugees abroad.

  • Becoming a Community Sponsor Webinar – Dec 15, 2015

    Are you part of an organization, association or corporation that would like to engage in community sponsorship of refugees? This webinar led by an RSTP Trainer will cover the application forms, processes, timelines, documentation required by both sponsoring group and refugee applicants, as well as the process of identifying or having a refugee profile referred […]

  • Group of Five Refugee Sponsorship

    Are you a member of a Group of Five but not sure what forms are needed? Wondering what happens to a refugee sponsorship application after you submit in Canada? This web-based training session offered more information about the necessary forms, the in-Canada processing of G5 applications, common reasons for returns/rejections, refugee status recognition proof and […]

  • October 6, 2015 – Overview of Private Refugee Sponsorship

    This webinar provides an overview of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program in Canada (excluding Quebec). The information in the webinar is only up to date as of October 6, 2015. Contact RSTP at info@rstp.ca for the most updated information.  

  • Overview Webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees program in Canada

    This webinar provides an overview of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program in Canada (excluding Quebec). The information in the webinar is only up to date as of September 15, 2015. On September 19, 2015,  the Canadian Government announced it has temporarily exempt Syrians and Iraqis from the requirement to provide proof of refugee status in […]

  • Refugees, Mental Health and Sponsorship

    Through interviews with mental health service providers and a member of a sponsoring group, this video presents some of the challenges of sponsoring refugees who experience mental health issues and helpful tips for supporting such refugees.

  • Why Sponsor Refugees?

    This video is recommended for viewing with groups that are new to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. It features reflections by seasoned Canadian sponsors.

  • Refugee Sponsorship and Expectations: Sponsor and Refugee Perspectives

    Sponsors’ and former refugees’ voices are featured in this video about the initial experience, discoveries, challenges and opportunities that are part of the refugee sponsorship experience.

  • Settlement Experiences of Iraqi Refugees

    Four families who came to Canada as privately sponsored refugees share their experiences, discoveries and hopes for their future in Canada.

  • Settlement of Refugees with the Support of Brottier House

    This video documents one of the settlement practices in the Canadian sponsorship community and shares insights about refugee sponsorship through conversations with the Director of Brottier House and a former resident.