The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is a program designed to support Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs). The objective of the RSTP is to provide resources and services in order to address the ongoing information and training needs of
- SAHs and their Constituent Groups;
- Groups of Five; and
- Community Groups.
This program addresses the initial information needs of sponsored refugees.
The RSTP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The RSTP has produced a number of information and training resources for private sponsorship groups. Constituent Groups can obtain these products through their Sponsorship Agreement Holder. Groups of Five and Community Groups can contact their local CIC office. The following resources are available:
1. Sponsoring Group Handbook
The RSTP Sponsoring Group Handbook emphasizes the “hands-on” work of helping newcomers settle. It covers the following:
- group formation
- sponsorship processing
- cross-cultural communication
- sponsor/newcomer relations
- contact with settlement agencies
- refugee reception and orientation
- financial support
- life-skills training, employment and education.
2. Information for Privately Sponsored Refugees
The Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program is a step-by-step guide for the private sponsorship group to start work with its sponsored refugee. It explains the process to follow once the sponsorship application of the sponsoring group is completed.
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