Required by SAH

  • New in 2018, IRCC has issued RAP rates for each province that sponsoring groups need to configure to their specific family. 

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a template specific to your province and family composition. In your email, please include:

    • the name of your community, and
    • the names & birthdates of each member of the family you are sponsoring.
    • any other information that would affect the budget - i.e. if someone is pregnant, diabetic, etc.
  • meetingOnce you have formed your core team, chosen the sponsorship type, and have begun to assign team member roles with at least the Representative (Team Lead) and Treasurer in place, you are now ready to approach your church board.

    The sponsorship does not become 'official' and legally binding until you sign and submit the required documents for the Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) and the forms required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

  • Refugee Sponsorship Forms CompetionAt this point, a Core Team will be in place, the Church Board will have given their approval, and fundraising has begun. Once your team has 25% of the required funds in place it is time to select a refugee family if that hasn't been done yet, and complete the application forms.

    This is also the time to begin work on a detailed settlement plan.

  • people africanAs the Core Team meets together to plan and prepare for settlement, part of your preparation responsibility is to take time to learn about the refugee(s) country of origin and culture in preparation for their arrival. Choose the best resource for your team, and then review the cultural basics presented there. You could read through a segment when you meet together, and then discuss any questions or issues that are raised, or one person could present to the team. 

    Whatever means you choose, your SAH will ask the Team Lead to confirm the sponsorship group has done some cultural sensitivity training prior to the refugee's arrival.

    Culture Crossing Guide covers basics of greetings, communication style, personal space, eye contact, views of time, gestures, gender roles and taboos for a number of different cultures.

    EveryCulture.com is another resource that may be good for your group.

    If you find other helpful links or resources, please contact us. We will add those links that may be helpful for others too.

  • desk writing2A webinar hosted by RSTP called "Refugee Sponsorship, Cultural Sensitivity and Communication - Communicating Across Cultures" is happening 3 times in January.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • dimensions of culture;
    • aspects of cultural differences;
    • visible and non-visible aspects of culture;
    • individual and family dynamics;
    • verbal and nonverbal Communication;
    • differences within the “similarly perceived” cultures;
    • the refugee experience; and,
    • where do we meet.

    Date: Monday, January 14, 2019
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
    Register here.

    Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
    Register here.

    Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
    Register here.

  • family2Now that the sponsored refugees have arrived, all the work that went into settlement and budget planning will be put to the test. Is it a good plan? Are the expectations realistic?

    As with every successful endeavor, there must be an informed plan or course of action. And as with every successful endeavor, that plan must be flexible enough to bend to real life, with real people. To help CGs navigate the adjustments that are to be expected once they move from theory to the real thing, we require the CG Representative submit a quarterly report designed to provide us with the practical information we need, and to create room to notice potential issues as they arise.

  • Community Specific Settlement Plan

    Settlement planning is one of the more time consuming tasks of a sponsorship undertaking. IRCC needs to see that every facet of resettlement has been considered and that there is a plan in place with enough flexibility that the task will be completed even if unforeseen issues arise.

    Your SAH also has a vested interest in a comprehensive settlement plan. We are in the process of preparing a generic settlement plan that will be available to all our sponsorship groups. In the meantime, this settlement plan that is Calgary-specific can be used and adjusted for your community. This is a more detailed plan than the one submitted with the application package to ROC-O to be assessed as part of the sponsoring groups's portion of an undertaking. Completing this plan will enable you to be thorough on the form (IMM5413) submitted with your application.

    Take the time to do the research, to make the phone calls, to do the leg-work necessary to become informed as you prepare to walk with newcomers through their first year of resettlement in a new country. Remember this is a template, and not every item will be required by every group. Consider your specific community, and then use common sense as you think through together the best means of settlement for a new family. 

    Once it is finished, send it to your SAH for a completeness check as part of the "Required by SAH" documents.