Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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  • MOVIE: Human Flow

    Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm ADT
    Where: Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (Classroom #18), 6960 Mumford Rd Suite 2120, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1 (Popcorn, pizza and refreshments provided!)
    Description: Join us for a partial screening of: Human Flow (Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact).  After the documentary there will be a discussion on the current refugee crisis and what we can do as Canadians to help through the BVOR program. Please register for the event by clicking here:
  • Sponsoring & Settling Refugees as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor

    Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
    Where: Calgary Central Library (Basement Rm # 2) 616 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
    Description: Attendees to this workshop about sponsoring refugees as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor would learn about: The application process; Who can be included; Financial and settlement expectations; Post-arrival settlement responsibilities; Application forms for sponsors and refugees. Please register by clicking here: or contact RSTP Trainer Anoush Newman at (403) 515-5868;
  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees Workshop

    Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
    Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm MST
    Where: FCJ Christian Life Center, 219-19 Ave SW, Calgary AB (Visitor Parking at FCJ Center; please do not park at St Mary's Cathedral)
    Description: In this workshop, attendees would learn about: Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors; CCIS   Settlement and Employment Services; and St Bonaventure Parish Hope and Haven Refugee Program. Please register by March 5, 2018 by contacting: Antoinette at or 403-290-5750.  
  • Group of Five Sponsorship – Settlement Planning and Financial Assessment

    Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST (Sign-in will start from 5:45 pm)
    Where: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M1P 4X4
    Description: Attendees to this RSTP information session would learn about: Group of Five Sponsorship; Best practices - Settlement plan; New application forms; Financial requirement and assessment; and Recent changes and updates. Attendees will also have the opportunity to practice completing their settlement plan IMM5373AE and receive our feedback during the session. Please register for the event by clicking HERE.
  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees (in English and Arabic)

    Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
    Where: Newcomer Centre of Peel, Room 211, 165 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, ON L5B 2N6
    Description: This workshop is for those who are interested in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees.  Attendees will learn about: Who can be sponsored?; Who can sponsor?; How to sponsor?; How to form, or work with, a sponsoring group; Family reunification under One Year Window; and proof of refugee status document as well as the recent changes and updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For registration, please email: by February 25, 2018.
  • Planning for the end of Sponsorship Preparing for Month 13

    Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
    Where: Ryerson University, OVPRI, 11th floor boardroom, 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON
    Description: The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, and Lifeline Syria, are conducting a workshop for new and experienced sponsors on Month 13 Planning. 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. During the workshop, Karen Anderson, from Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), will answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Attendees are kindly requested to RSVP using the following link:
  • Sponsoring Refugees as a Group of Five

    Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8.30 pm MST (Sign-in starts at 5:45 pm)
    Where: Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), Community Room (2nd Floor), 11713-82 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 2V9
    Description: This free training session on sponsoring refugees as a Group of Five through Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program would cover topics such as: recent changes and updates to the PSR program; specific requirements for Groups of Five; eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored; the sponsorship process; how to identify an acceptable proof of refugee status; and which forms need to be completed. If you have any questions about the training, please contact Melissa Scott at or (780) 391-3228. For registration, please click: HTTPS://RSTP_FEB2 1.EVENTBRITE.COM.
  • Refugee Sponsorship Workshop on Group of Five and Community Sponsorship

    Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST
    Where: Calgary Central Library, 616 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta
    Description:     This workshop session will cover: Overview of G5 sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors); Overview of CS sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors); Who can be sponsored?; Review of Application Forms for G5 and CS Sponsors; Review of Application Forms for refugee applicants; Sponsor’s Settlement and Financial Responsibilities; and Sponsorship process. For registration, please click on:
  • Best Practices for Settlement

    Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Time: 12.30 – 4pm (AST)
    Where: Berwick United Church, 240 Commercial St, Berwick, Nova Scotia
    Description: Attendees in the workshop will learn about: Settlement challenges and best practices; Managing expectations; and, Ethical considerations in refugee sponsorship. For more information, please contact Laura Hambleton (RSTP Atlantic Provinces) at
  • Information Session on G5 Sponsorship

    Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
    Time: 2 pm – 4 pm (CST)
    Where: IRCOM – 95 Ellen St. , Winnipeg, MB
    Description: The topics that would be covered in the workshop include: What is the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program; Who Can Sponsor Refugees; Overview of G5 (Eligibility/ Requirement); Who can be sponsored? (Eligibility and Admissibility); Application forms G5; and The Sponsorship Process. For more information, please contact Gelila Hailu (RSTP) at

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.