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  • Refugee Sponsorship Training workshops at IS-GW

    Date: Friday October 20, 2017
    Time: MORNING SESSION 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT; AFTERNOON SESSION 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Where: 104 Dawson Road, Unit 102, Guelph, ON N1H 1A6
    Description: The RSTP and Immigration Services Guelph-Wellington (IS-GW) are conducting this workshop to provide an overview of sponsorship, explain application forms and provide updates on new changes to Private Sponsorship of Refugees.  There will also be a hands-on forms review and Q&A with the specialist. A mobile computer lab will be available for interested clients to type their forms and have questions answered.  To register, please call Dayami at 519-836-2222 ext. 225 or email dramirez@is-gw.ca.
  • Workshop and Discussion: Transitioning to Month 13 and Post-Sponsorship

    Date: Tuesday October 17, 2017
    Time: 12:15-2:30 (Month 13 Workshop) & 2:30-3:30 (Reception for RULSC and York based refugee sponsors, including its local WUSC committees)
    Where: Room 519, 5th Floor, Kaneff Tower York University Keele Campus, Toronto (http://maps.info.yorku.ca/keele-campus/)
    Description: York University's Centre for Refugee Studies and Syria Response and Refugee Initiative (www.yorku.ca/refugees) are hosting a workshop by the RSTP on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors and the interested public.  Sponsors and attendees will learn about: the post-sponsorship relationship and the dynamics of this relationship; when sponsors need to start preparing newcomers for Month 13; and the role of sponsors during the "transition period," including important tasks to consider.  Refugee sponsors from the wider community as well as at York community members and interested students are warmly invited to attend.  Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/Jf62xWPu8uiBTLH62.
  • Demystifying Misconceptions About Refugees

    Date: Thursday October 12, 2017
    Time: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Where: Silver Spire United Church 366 St. Paul Street St. Catharines, ON L2R 3N2
    Description: The RSTP, in collaboration with the Newcomers & Refugees Niagara Community Forum, is hosting a discussion and information session to demystifying misconceptions about refugees.  The session will be divided into 3 parts; Part 1: Terminology Clarified, Part 2: Common Myths Debunked! and Part 3: Demographic of Sponsored Syrian Refugees & Canada’s 2015/2016.  For more information, please contact: nrncf@silverspire.ca.
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Group of Five & Community Sponsors

    Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm MDT
    Where: Calgary Central Library, 5th Floor - 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
    Description: This workshop is for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five or submit an application as a Community Sponsor. Please register by October 05, 2017 via the link to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/refugee-sponsorship-training-program-15220447515 or by contacting the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at mnewman@rstp.ca or Tel: (403) 515-5868.
  • Sponsors’ Responsibilities and Refugees’ Rights in Private Refugee Sponsorship Context

    Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
    Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT (Light refreshments will be provided)
    Where: Deer Park Public Library 40 St. Clair Ave E. Toronto, ON M4T 1M9
    Description: In this free information & training session, you will to learn about:  The responsibilities of groups engaged in private refugee sponsorship  The rights of privately sponsored refugees  Possible areas of disputes To join the session , please register by clicking on this link or simply just dropped by the location indicated above. For questions, please contact our RSTP Trainer, Inas Hamid, at 416-290-1700 Ext. 408 or ihamid@rstp.ca.
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Group of Five & Community Sponsors

    Date: Saturday September 16, 2017
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm MDT
    Where: Calgary Central Library, Basement - 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
    Description: This free information session is for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five or submit an application as a Community Sponsor.  Please register by September 14, 2017 via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-training-group-of-5-and-community-sponsors-tickets-37432466515 or by contacting Anoush Newman (RSTP Trainer) at mnewman@rstp.ca  or (403) 515-5868.
  • Supporting Settlement and Integration

    Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADT (refreshments provided)
    Where: Maggie's Place (upstairs boardroom), 1027 Prince Street, Truro, NS B2N 1H7
    Description:   This free Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) workshop is for new and experienced sponsors to explore the following themes of post-arrival settlement and integration matters: Settlement challenges and best practices: Approaches to plan for the successful settlement support of sponsored newcomers, including preparing for the end of sponsorship; Ethical considerations in sponsorship: Understanding the role of sponsors in the sponsorship-newcomer relationship, and how power balances can be minimized; Managing expectations: What expectations do sponsors and newcomers have of each other, and how can expectations be managed to avoid potential conflict, and facilitate successful sponsorship?; and Programs and support available to sponsored newcomers throughout the sponsorship, including Month 13.  Sponsors can register for the workshop by visiting the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-supporting-settlement-and-integration-tickets-36897130310
  • Sponsoring Refugees as a Group of Five – Overview, Requirements and Forms

    Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
    Time: 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Where: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M1P 4X4
    Description: The workshop will provide an in-depth look into sponsoring refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program as a Group of Five. Topics covered will include: the specific requirements for Group of Five Sponsors sponsoring under the PSR program; eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored by Groups of Five; the sponsorship process; which forms need to be completed; how to complete the forms; and, a step-by-step guide for Groups of Five Sponsors on how to prepare and submit a complete and successful application package.  Sign-in will start from 5:45 pm and workshop will start at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. For registration, please click here.
  • RSTP/SSP Information Session and Clinic for Refugee Newcomers and Sponsors

    Date: Thursday September 7, 2017
    Time: 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm EDT
    Where: 2nd floor, Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa, ON K2P 1B7
    Description: The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP) is hosting a free information session for sponsors and newly arrived refugees who will learn about: The requirements for refugee sponsorship; The refugee sponsorship application process; and, 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 attendees will have the opportunity to consult with pro bono lawyers from the Refugee SSP during the session. Sign-in will start from 6:15 pm and the session will start at 6.30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited; attendees are kindly requested to register using the following link: https://rstprsspinfosessionseptember72017.eventbrite.ca.
  • Sponsoring Refugees as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor

    Date: Wednesday August 30th, 2017
    Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Where: Catholic Crosscultural Services Mississauga, 3660 Hurontario Street, 7th floor, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C4
    Description: This information session is for interested parties who would  like to sponsor refugees as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor but do not know the process  nor how to complete forms?  You would learn about: Application Process; Who can be included; Application Forms - Sponsors/Refugees; and Review Forms.  


Pre-registration to attend any of these information sessions and workshops is required. Please contact the RSTP to pre-register for any of these events.

To request a workshop, information session or training for your group or organization, contact the RSTP.