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Information Sessions

As part of its mission, ORAT offers a number of information sessions to educate key stakeholders, including members of the public, cosponsors, Constituent Groups, and newcomers about various aspects of refugee resettlement. The following provides a list of available information sessions, along with a description of the content covered in each session.  Clicking on the title of each Information Session will provide you with the corresponding PowerPoint presentation.

Please click on the following link to see a schedule of Information Sessions: Eventbrite

 

1. Introduction to Resettlement

This session marks the first step in initiating a refugee sponsorship application through ORAT. Potential sponsors will learn about the various immigration options available for refugees. Cosponsors who do not attend this session will NOT be able to submit a case through ORAT.

 

2. How a Parish can Resettle Refugees

With over 70.1 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the refugee crisis is enormous in size and scope. In this session, parish and community groups will learn how to get started in refugee resettlement.

 

3. IRCC Processing Time

CGs and cosponsors whose cases were submitted to Immigration Canada are strongly encouraged to attend this session. Participants learn how to follow up on their refugee sponsorship case; how to check on the status of their case online, and how to update the Canadian Visa Office on any changes to the file. 

 

4. General Integration Training

In this session, participants will learn how best to organize their Constituent Group (CG), the key accountabilities that should be assigned, and how best to support their sponsored refugee family in their settlement to Canada.

 

5. Pre-Arrival Training

This session prepares cosponsors and CGs to welcome and journey with their sponsored refugee family.  The session outlines the number of documents that refugees should receive upon their arrival at the airport.  The session also provides an excellent review of the responsibilities and tasks that sponsors will need to fulfill for their sponsored family.

 

6. Budgeting and Finance

In 2018, Immigration Canada introduced the new standard of financial support for sponsored refugees.  The complex Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) has been simplified in ORAT’s RAP Calculator and Budget Workbook.  Participants will be able to access this workbook and learn how to monthly budget for their sponsored refugee families.

 

7. Welcome Orientation

This is a mandatory session for all sponsored refugees who have arrived in Canada through ORAT. At this session, newcomers are provided with information about their legal status in Canada, a list of government documents that they should obtain and government programs that they may have access to, financial and non-financial support from sponsors that they can expect to receive, newcomer rights and responsibilities, etc. In addition, newcomers will receive the Welcome to Canada publication, along with materials on available services and resources in their area of settlement.  If the newcomer requires translation, the sponsor is requested to arrange for a translator to accompany them to the session.