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Latest Policy & Program Updates

  • Information Sessions on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program

      ONLINE INFORMATION SESSIONS Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is pleased to offer a series of information sessions on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. These sessions are a great primer providing general information about the PSR program, for individuals looking to become refugee sponsors, including (but not limited to) the sponsorship of eligible […]

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  • Changes to the Immigration Loans Program effective September 1, 2021

    Please see the message below from IRCC on changes to the Immigration Loans Program that will come into effect as of September 1, 2021: The immigration loan cap per family will be raised to $15,000, from $10,000; and The service fee that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) applies to support the movement of refugees […]

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  • Information from UNHCR on Programs for Afghan Nationals

    A Global View at Programs Available for Afghan Nationals The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has compiled a list of programs offered by various countries for Afghan nationals. The programs are for individuals who have worked or who have been affiliated with those countries. The list of programs can be found at: Relocation Programmes […]

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  • Information from IRCC on Supporting Afghan Nationals

    Canada has announced the resettlement of up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghan nationals to Canada. This will be done through: A special immigration program for Afghan nationals, and their families, who assisted the Government of Canada; and, A special humanitarian program focused on resettling Afghan nationals who are outside of Afghanistan and who don’t have a […]

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  • Information from IRCC on the Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement for Air Travelers and Sponsored Refugees

    IRCC has shared the information below on the negative COVID-19 test requirement for air travelers that came into effect on January 07, 2021 and the measures that have been implemented to assist sponsored refugees with meeting this requirement: The Minister of Transport has put in place a new requirement, effective January 7, 2021, that all […]

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  • COVID-19 Factsheets for Sponsored and Resettled Refugees

    IRCC has produced factsheets for sponsored and resettled refugees. The factsheets provide information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread; and, information on what will happen on arrival in Canada, including the procedures that will be followed at the airport and the minimum 14-day quarantine. The factsheets are available to download […]

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  • Travel Resumption Resource Kit for Refugee Sponsors (Updated August 2021)

    RSTP’s Travel Resumption Resource Kit for Refugee Sponsors is available to download at the links below. The kit: Outlines the procedure that IRCC will follow before booking travel for sponsored refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic; Summarizes the mandatory entry requirements that all persons arriving or entering Canada must follow, including sponsored refugees; Provides readiness checklists that […]

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  • Letter Templates for Use by Sponsors on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

    IRCC has shared letter templates that sponsors can adapt for use with the newcomers they sponsor so they: Understand the consequences of applying and receiving funds from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) if they do not meet the eligibility requirements of the program; and, Understand that any funds received from the CERB is considered […]

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  • IRCC Multi-Language Resources on COVID-19

    IRCC has translated some existing COVID-19 related resources into various languages, including information on the financial assistance programs available to sponsored newcomers if they meet the eligibility requirements for each of the programs. The resources can be accessed on IRCC’s website at the following links: English: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/financial-assistance.html French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/coronavirus-covid19/aide-financiere.html For information on how COVID-19 is affecting refugee […]

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  • Guidance from IRCC for Private Sponsors Regarding COVID-19

    IRCC acknowledges the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the refugee sponsorship community. Refugee sponsors have an important role to play in ensuring that sponsored refugees continue to receive the standard levels of support while taking into account COVID-19 specific guidelines created by governments at all levels. IRCC have produced a document* […]

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