Refugee sponsorship training program

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  1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has expressed; a desire for a coordinated continuum in the refugee sponsorship process;
  2. CIC has issued a tender for proposal for an In-Canada Service Provider (ISP), the latest with a closing date of May 29, 2001;
  3. The ISP tender should have been posted for the public after budget was secured;
  4. The RSTP was extended to June 30, 2001 to facilitate transition to the ISP;
  5. There is another indefinite delay in the July 1, 2001 starting date for the ISP;
  6. There is a significant increase in new Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) to whom RSTP/ISP would be indispensable in order for them to carry out their work effectively;
  7. The training and resources developed by the RSTP have enhanced SAHs effectiveness in refugee sponsorship;
  8. There will be a significant gap with the dissolution of the RSTP on June 30, 2001, which will result in the loss of infrastructure and knowledgeable staff;
Therefore be it resolved

That the CCR request CIC to continue funding the RSTP until such time as an ISP, based on the model developed between CIC and SAHs on February 5-6, 2001, is established.

Working Group
Overseas Protection and Resettlement