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Policy Options
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Jan 30, 2020
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An investigation of the challenges and exploration of what makes private refugee sponsorship successful. The research is based upon interviews with 34 key informants in Toronto, including sponsors from sponsorship groups, settlement sector staff and volunteers and Sponsorship Agreement Holders, which are organizations with signed government agreements to oversee the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees in their community.

HEADLINEThe Power of Good Intentions
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Univerity of Toronto Magazine
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Oct 02, 2019
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Canada’s program of private refugee sponsorship has been held up as a model for the world. Could it be even better?

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Refuge
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Sep 23, 2019
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A scholarly report of findings from 1,921 newly arrived adult Syrian refugees in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

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Global News
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Jul 07, 2019
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Police say an overnight fire at a barbershop in Halifax is being investigated as suspicious. The barbershop is owned and operated by two cousins who immigrated to Canada through a private sponsorship in 2017. >> Hairstyling; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINESponsoring refugees called a ‘win-win’ for workplaces
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Toronto Star
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Jul 01, 2019
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uOttawa Refugee Hub and the Diversity Institute hope interested employers and eligible sponsorship organizations can take advantage of the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) fund available in 2019, which will cover their portion of the sponsorship costs, made available with the support of The Shapiro Foundation, the Giustra Foundation, G. Barrie Landry and other private donors. They will also help guide employers and their workers through the process.

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Cision
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May 02, 2019
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The University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, with the financial suppport of The Shapiro Foundation and G. Barrie Landry, has announced the renewal of its successful fund to facilitate the sponsorship to Canada of BVOR refugees.

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CBC
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Mar 05, 2019
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Ron and Clara Wiebe were some of the Manitoba Mennonites who helped Hoa and Lan Chau start a new life in Canada, thanks to a ground-breaking private sponsorship program that turns 40 on March 5.

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Toronto Star
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Mar 02, 2019
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Forty years ago, in response to the “boat people” crisis, Canada’s private refugee sponsorship program was born.

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Toronto Star
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Mar 02, 2019
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The Lee family was among the first wave of Indo-Chinese “boat people” welcomed to Canada under a then-new sponsorship program. Their sponsors are still by their side.

HEADLINERefugees in need of sponsors
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The Ripple Refugee Project
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Feb 13, 2019
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A blog post describing the efforts of a private refugee sponsorship group in Toronto, Canada.