Ministers from six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Spain) declare their support for community sponsorship

December 18, 2019

December 18, 2019 At the first ever Global Refugee Forum, the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) hosted a spotlight session and a reception celebrating the growth of community refugee sponsorship around the world. The GRSI recognized 11 countries that have introduced pilot or full sponsorship programs, as well as representatives from all parts of the…

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BVOR Sponsorship Stories: Immigration professionals walk the talk by sponsoring for the first time

July 30, 2019

Tara Templin is part of Ottawa’s ‘Sponsorship Squad’, a group of friends who are all involved professionally in the immigration sector. Find out more about how you can be part of the 2019 BVOR Fund. Our group is called the Sponsorship Squad and we are all friends of friends of friends. It was the first…

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Workplace Sponsorship in Canada – A Workshop

July 27, 2019
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BVOR Sponsorship Stories: Ottawa’s ‘Team Sponsor Wow’

July 3, 2019

Amy Bartlett is part of ‘Team Sponsor Wow’, a mixed group of 15 friends, friends of friends and strangers in Ottawa who all sponsored for the first time. Find out more about how you can be part of the 2019 BVOR Fund. Our sponsored refugees arrived in November 2018: a resilient, patient, wonderfully fun-loving widowed…

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PRESS RELEASE: Trebek Forum 2019 – “Humanizing Migration” through Private Refugee Sponsorship

June 13, 2019

OTTAWA – 13 June, 2019 – On June 20th, World Refugee Day, Canadian and international thought leaders from government, academia and civil society will come together at the University of Ottawa for the bilingual 2019 Trebek Forum on “Humanizing Migration: Rights, Refuge, Responsibilities”. The Forum will feature high-level speakers, workshops, and a screening of the…

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Invitation: Roundtable with Expert in Election Interference/ Table ronde avec une experte en matière d’ingérence dans les élections

June 5, 2019

Français ci-dessous The University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, together with the Public Policy Forum and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, is pleased to be hosting Sasha Havlicek, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and a world-renowned expert on extremism, online disinformation and foreign interference in elections. Most recently, the ISD…

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BVOR Sponsorship Stories: An 2SLGTBQI+ group’s first sponsorship experience

May 28, 2019

Darryl Hol is a member of a 2SLGTBQI+ sponsorship group that sponsored a transgender refugee through the 2018 BVOR Fund. He shares with us their experience. Find out more about how you can be part of the 2019 BVOR Fund. We sponsored a trans woman who had faced violence and persecution in her home country.…

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Registration for the 2019 Alex Trebek Forum is open!

May 9, 2019

The bilingual “Humanizing Migration” Forum, to be held at the University of Ottawa on June 20th (World Refugee Day) will bring together Canadian and international thought leaders from government, academia and civil society to humanize public debate on migration to Canada. We are pleased to announce that the following guests will speak on our high-level panel…

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PRESS RELEASE: Funds Now Available for Canadians to Sponsor Hundreds of Refugees in 2019

May 2, 2019

Special initiative brings together sponsors & funders to resettle UNHCR referred refugees to Canada OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 2 May 2019 – The University of Ottawa Refugee Hub is delighted to announce the renewal of its successful 2018 BVOR Fund. The new time-limited fund will facilitate the sponsorship to Canada of refugees identified by the United Nations…

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PRESS RELEASE: Celebrating 40 years of refugee sponsorship: A Canadian-led success in resettlement

April 12, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada April 12, 2019 – On April 9th, 2019, a dedicated and inspired group of people gathered at the Senate of Canada to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. The room quickly filled with conversations between parliamentarians, government officials, immigration and settlement professionals, business leaders, private refugee sponsors,…

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