Refugee Resettlement Program

Resources for Sponsors

The City of Toronto has funded the Arab Community Centre, Catholic Crosscultural Services and Lifeline Syria, to ensure supports are in place for private sponsors. Please contact the staff below for assistance with your pre- and post-arrival settlement needs including information on workshop sessions, what to expect, referrals to community resources and conflict resolution support.

Nermine Zohdy | Syria Project Coordinator
Arab Community Centre of Toronto
Tel: 416-231-7746 x 235 | Email:
Yosief Araya | Toronto Refugee Sponsorship Support Initiative
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) Catholic Crosscultural Services
Tel: 416-290-1700 x 402 | Email: 
Lora Remacka | Program Coordinator, Settlement Support
Lifeline Syria
Tel: 647-943-6300 x 205 | Email:

For assistance and concerns regarding mental health support, consider contacting one of the below.

Ontario Mental Health Help Line | 1-866-531-2600
CAMH New Beginnings Clinic | 416-535-8501 ext. 31683
LGBTQ Youthline | 1-800-268-9688
Zena Birhany | Mental Health Worker
RISE Program | Madison Community Services
Tel: 647-497-8773 | Email:
Nadia Umadat | Child and Youth Settlement/ Trauma Counselor
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
Tel: 416-750-3045 x 203 | Email:
Omar Bazza | Clinical Youth Outreach Worker
East Metro Youth Services
Tel: 416-438-3697 x 13190 | Email: 

Resources for Private Sponsors

book-icon 2.jpg

The Rights of Privately Sponsored Refugees

This six page resource by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program outlines the rights and responsibilities PSRs as well what to do if concerns about sponsorship support arise.


Welcoming Syrian Newcomers

A resource developed by the Arab Community Centre to help sponsors understand the needs and challenges facing Syrian newcomers.


Community Resources

A list of community initiatives currently helping to support sponsorship groups and sponsored refugees. Created by Lifeline Syria.

If you have feedback on this website please let us know. We are working on updating items as more information becomes available.