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More than 200,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Canada since the February 2022 invasion by Russia. More Ukrainians are arriving every day, and they need help – just like refugees coming from Syria, Afghanistan, and other countries in crisis. Even though they are here on a...

A sponsor group has asked if it needs to get OHIP cards upon arrival for a privately-sponsored newcomer family since the newcomers are covered for 12 months by the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).  IFHP covers basic health-care services such as doctor visits, hospital-care and lab tests along with supplemental services that...

Many private sponsors whose work relates to sponsorship agreement holders (SAHs) have been hearing about a new IRCC framework for SAHs and are wondering what impact it might have on constituent groups particularly around new evaluation and administrative requirements. The IRCC additional requirements stem from the...

Sevan Zokian, Arab Community Centre of Toronto, who presented at a recent PRSN Lunch & Learn event reminded attendees that cultural awareness and understanding goes both ways between newcomers and the sponsor team. Recognizing the need around cultural sensitivity creates trust, avoids misunderstanding and allows...

Ever wanted to try some English language coaching?  Is it essential to have training to get started? Remember that neighbourhood soccer coaches are not World Cup professionals, but rather moms and dads who care about their kids and sports.  Similarly, ESL language coaches are sponsors and volunteers...

Are you or your group interested in helping PRSN develop and test a mentoring service for sponsors? Mentoring is a voluntary partnership between two individuals intended to support personal development and growth. It is an ongoing learning experience that can be formal or informal and...

Want to learn more about settlement and refugee protection? Take a look at Re-Settlement Plus, a new research collection platform developed by University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, that collects resources about resettlement, community-based refugee or private refugee sponsors, family reunification along with education...

Committee participation is the backbone of the Network. Committee members identify the work that needs to be done and you, as sponsors, have deemed important. You can help shape communication, build relationships, determine partnerships, suggest research that needs to be done, create training programs and use...