rstpRSTP offers an online training course called Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program two to three times a year.


training teacherTraining in the comfort of your own home by qualified RSTP trainers, SAH members, and settlement providers will help equip you and your team to meet settlement responsibilities.

Attending regularly featured RSTP webinars or watching a recorded webinar are required by each Core Team as outlined below:

Required by the Team Lead plus one other Core Team Member:

  • What is the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program?
  • Preparing for the Visa Office Interview
  • On-line Workshop 

Required Training by each Core Team Member:

  • Preparing a Settlement Plan
  • Preparing for Arrival and Orientation
  • Fulfilling Your Obligations through Assurance
  • Completing a Successful Sponsorship Year
  • Power Imbalance - 3 minute audio
  • Managing Expectations - resource kit with activities and video links. This training will be facilitated by the Team Lead or another "teacher" among you using the curriculum available below.

Volunteer Screening & Cultural Awareness

Along with the webinars/videos, each core team person and volunteers who wants to work one-on-one with newcomers after arrival will:

  • submit the results of a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check to their Team Lead
  • participate in Cross-Cultural Awareness training facilitated by the Team Lead
  • participate in Volunteer Screening and orientation as provided by their church. If a church does not already have a volunteer screening program in place, the AGC recommends Plan to Protect Orientation Training. Plan to Protect does offer a Refugee and New Immigrant module, but the information specific to refugees and newcomers is outdated and sometime erroneous. We do not recommend you take this module specifically.

Workshops facilitated by RSTP trainers and other settlement providers occur from time to time in communities across Canada. If there are no workshops listed here, check back again another time. You can also check the RSTP site itself for a listing of current workshops available in our communities.

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