Webinars

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 several 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

Required Training by each Core Team Member:

  • Preparing for Arrival and Providing Post-Arrival Support: Handling Unrealistic Expectations and Practicing Ethical Considerations
  • Preparing a Settlement Plan: The Financial and Settlement Responsibilities of Sponsors under the PSR Program
  • Preparing for and Transitioning to Month 13
  • Sponsorship Ethics - 5 minute video
  • 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 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to Protect does offer a Refugee and New Immigrant module, but the information specific to refugees and newcomers is outdated and sometime erroneous.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.

Attend a webinar for an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programThis is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. The Team Lead and one or two others from the Core Team must take this webinar.

Date: Thursday, Sept 3, 2020
Time:  4:00 - 6:00 PM EDT

This webinar delivered by RSTP for new and experienced sponsors will provide an in-depth look at the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program, including:

  • an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship and resettlement programs;
  • who can sponsor under the PSR program;
  • the eligibility and admissibility requirements for refugees being sponsored under the PSR program;
  • the importance of refugee status documents and who needs them; and,
  • an overview of the application process.

To register for this webinar, click here.

If that time is not convenient, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here. Attending the webinar in person allows for you to ask questions of the facilitator.

desk laptopThe full title of this webinar is: Preparing a Settlement Plan: The Financial and Settlement Responsibilities of Sponsors under the PSR Program.

This is one of the webinars that is required training by our SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

Date: Wednesday, Sept 9, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm EDT

This webinar delivered by RSTP for new and experienced sponsors while provide an in-depth look at the financial and settlement responsibilities of sponsors under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program, including:

  • how long sponsors are expected to provide financial support to refugees sponsored under the PSR program;
  • the minimum amount of financial support that sponsors are expected to provide to refugees on arrival and the relationship between the Sponsorship Cost Table and the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) rates;
  • how to use the Minimum Financial Support Calculator to calculate the minimum level of financial support required on arrival;
  • situations that may change the amount of financial support that sponsors are expected to provide once the refugees arrive in Canada; and,
  • an overview of sponsors’ settlement responsibilities under the program and how settlement agencies can assist sponsors with fulfilling their settlement responsibilities.

To register for this webinar, click here.

This is one of RSTP's newer webinars and there is no copy available in the video library yet. By participating in the webinar live, you have the added advantage of being able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

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The full name of this webinar is Preparing for Arrival and Providing Post-Arrival Support: Handling Unrealistic Expectations and Practicing Ethical Considerations.

This is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

Date: Friday, Sept 25, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

This webinar delivered by RSTP for new and experienced sponsors will provide an in-depth look at:

  • the financial and settlement responsibilities of sponsors under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program, including:
    • how long sponsors are expected to provide financial support to refugees sponsored under the PSR program;
    • the minimum amount of financial support that sponsors are expected to provide to refugees on arrival and the relationship between the Sponsorship Cost Table and the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) rates;
    • how to use the Minimum Financial Support Calculator to calculate the minimum level of financial support required on arrival;
    • situations that may change the amount of financial support that sponsors are expected to provide once the refugees arrive in Canada;
    • ethical considerations,
    • the power imbalance that exists in the sponsor-sponsored newcomer relationship, and
    • we touch on the importance of managing expectations.

To register for this webinar, click here.

If this timing is not convenient for you, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here.

Attend a webinar for an introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programThis is one of the webinars that is required training by our SAH. Every member of the Core Team must take this webinar.

Date: Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm EDT

This webinar delivered by RSTP for new and experienced sponsors while provide an in-depth look at:

  • what is Month 13 and when sponsors should start preparing for the transition to Month 13;
  • resources that are available to assist sponsors and sponsored newcomers with the transition;
  • what to consider when sponsors and sponsored newcomers begin preparing for the transition;
  • services that are available to sponsored newcomers in Month 13; and,
  • how to evaluate the sponsorship

To register for this webinar, click here.

If this timing is not convenient, the RSTP Video Library has a copy of the webinar available here. Attending the webinar in person means you can participate in the Q&A session at the end.

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Managing Expectations in the context of Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR)

This training is required by your SAH. Every member of the Core Team must participate in the Resource Kit activities.

Managing Expectations Resource Kit

This kit can be used at one or two of your Core Team meetings to explore the unidentified expectations within your own sponsorship group. One or two Core Team members could facilitate the training after looking through the material using the guided questions and videos included. 

RSTP's "Managing Expectations Resource Kit" is available for download here.  Video links and Resource Kit Activities only (a duplicate of the activities already found in the Resource Kit) can be accessed through these links. This kit works like curriculum. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need assistance to facilitate this training.

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This is one of the webinars that is required training by your SAH. The Team Lead must take this webinar, and then communicate the applicable content to the refugee before the Visa Office interview.

Date: TBD 
Time: TBD

Listen to the July 29, 2020 webinar here.

The interview with the Canadian visa offices (VO) abroad is the stepping stone towards granting permanent residence status for your sponsored refugees and bringing them to safety in Canada.

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