Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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What Should You Receive from your Sponsors?

2.Settlement support for the duration of the sponsorship period.

Your sponsors must assist you to get set-up and adjusted to life in Canada. This entails many tasks, including (but not limited to):

Housing

  • finding housing for you, or helping you to find housing.

Orientation

  • teaching you how to use public transportation, like buses and trains
  • showing you around your community, and helping you to find the nearest grocery store
  • explaining the laws in Canada.

Health Care

  • helping you apply for your provincial health card and for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)
  • finding you a doctor, dentist, and other health services
  • explaining health services.

Education

  • helping you enroll in English or French classes
  • helping you enroll your children in school.

Important documents and services

  • helping you open a bank account, apply for a Social Insurance Number, and if you have children, helping you apply for the Child Tax Benefit.

Interpretation

  • providing an interpreter when needed.

Employment

  • connecting you with job search services.

Resources and Services

  • connecting you with appropriate resources and services, such as a Settlement Worker.

Sponsors should also provide you with emotional and moral support as you adjust to your new life in Canada.

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