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  • 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.  
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Managing Expectations

    Date: Wednesday August 23, 2017
    Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm MDT
    Where: Calgary Central Library - Basement - 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
    Description: In this free workshop by RSTP, you will be provided with an overview of: Settlement responsibilities; Challenges; and Effective strategies to enhance integration.  Please register by August 21, 2017 via the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/refugee-sponsorship-training-program-rstp-14508737174 or by contacting our trainer, Anoush Newman, by email at mnewman@rstp.ca or by telephone at (403) 515-5868.
  • Refugess Sponsorship: Community Sponsors

    Date: Wednesday August 23, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm EDT
    Where: Toronto Public Library - Danforth/Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 5P2
    Description: This free RSTP workshop will provide new and experienced sponsors an in-depth look into sponsoring refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program as a Community Sponsor.  Topics covered will include: the specific requirements for Community Sponsors sponsoring under the PSR program; eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored by Community Sponsors; the sponsorship process; which forms need to be completed; how to complete the forms; and, a step-by-step guide for Community Sponsors on how to prepare and submit a complete and successful application package. Sign-in will start from 6.00pm and the workshop will start at 6.15pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP using the following link: https://rstptorontoaug23.eventbrite.ca.
  • Sponsorship, Refugee Settlement Services and the Resettlement of Yazidi Refugees in London, ON

    Date: Saturday August 19th, 2017
    Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT (Registration starts at 10:30 am)
    Where: Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC), 505 Dundas St, London, ON N6B 1W4
    Description: The RSTP and London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) are conducting this session that 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; and Settlement and Post Arrival Support.  The session will be followed by panel discussion.  For more information Contact : (RSTP) Paratoo Aznavehzadeh at Paznavehzadeh@rstp.ca; Inas Hamid at ihamid@rstp.ca and (CCLC) Jennifer Sandu at jsandu@lcclc.org; Dalia Elbargisy at DElbargisy@lcclc.org.  For registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sponsorship-refugee-settlement-services-and-the-resettlement-of-yazidi-refugees-in-london-on-tickets-36751883874.
  • Refugee Sponsorship Training Workshops at IS-GW

    Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
    Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 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.
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship – Group of 5 & Community Sponsor

    Date: Thursday August 17, 2017
    Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm MDT
    Where: Calgary Central Library, Basement Rm #1 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
    Description: A workshop 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 August 15, 2017 via the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-group-of-5-and-community-sponsor-tickets-36684673847 or by contacting the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at mnewman@rstp.ca or (403) 515-5868.
  • Planning for the End of Sponsorship, or “Month 13”

    Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ADT
    Where: The Salvation Army, Spryfield Community Church and Family Resource Centre, 328 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield, NS B3R 1W2
    Description: Private sponsors will learn and discuss: When to start helping newcomers plan for the end of the sponsorship period, or “Month 13”; The role of sponsors during the "transition period", including the post-sponsorship relationship; and Private sponsors will be given the opportunity to share their own experiences, challenges, and ideas about Month 13 planning.  RSTP is pleased to have ISANS Settlement Counsellor, Shahnaz Sobhani, in attendance to help sponsors navigate the local programs and services available to newcomers after the sponsorship period is over.  Sponsors can register for the workshop by visiting the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-planning-for-month-13-tickets-36724983414
  • Information Session for Sponsors and Refugee Newcomers (Arabic & English)

    Date: Wednesday August 16, 2017
    Time: 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm EDT
    Where: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M1P 4X4
    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. Attendees 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 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. For registration, please use the following link: https://rstprefugeesspaugust16.eventbrite.ca  
  • Sponsoring Refugees as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor

    Date: Wednesday August 9, 2017
    Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
    Where: Catholic Crosscultural Services Mississauga, 3660 Hurontario street, 7th floor, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C4
    Description: This information session is for those who are interested in sponsoring refugees as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor.  In this workshop, you would learn about: Overview of private refugee sponsorship; Eligibility and admissibility; Who can be included in the application; and Sponsorship process.  For registration, please click: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/refugee-sponsorship-training-workshop-mississauga-august-9-2017-tickets-36666387151.
  • Sponsoring Refugees as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor

    Date: Thursday August 3, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
    Where: 50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 3R1 (community room upstairs)
    Description: Join Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in their information session in Kitchener ON. Topics will include: what are G5s and CSs; their requirements for sponsoring; and the application forms they need to use.  For registration, please click this link.


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.