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Skills Training Advancement Training for Refugees (STAR) -Project Ended


A total of 469 refugees and newcomers have received training from this great Project.  Thank you for your support to the STAR Project. For other support for newcomers, please call (416) 292-6912 ext. 3.

Project Overview

The project, Skills Training Advancement for Refugees (STAR), is funded by the Province of Ontario under the Settlement and Integration Services for Refugees and Vulnerable Newcomers, which seeks to enhance the settlement and employment supports available to refugees (private sponsored refugees, government sponsored refugees, BVORs, Conventnion refugees, Refugee claimants) and vulnerable newcomers (newcomers who have low education, low level of English language skills, LGBTQ+ and newcomers with disability)  to facilitate their social and/or economic integration.  

Project Activities

Industry specific Language Training

  • One-on-one support to learn the English language  in order to reach the language level necessary to register in the training courses identified above
  • Small classes available
  • Field trip to the partner Training Centres to familiarize the learners with the industry specific environment

Job-specific training opportunities:  We provide the following trainings for FREE in collaboration with our partner Training Centres 

  • Security guard Training
  • Beauty Training
  • Forklift Operator Training
  • Child Care Assistant Training
  • Food Handling

Coaching and job retention: Develop coaching and mentoring models that help new hires build the skills and work habits required for long-term success in their new work environment.

Wrap-around supports: Provide complementary supports that maximize opportunities for success, including childcare, transportation and interpretation.


Eligible Clients

The following individuals are eligible for services delivered through the Project:

  • Protected persons, including:
  • Resettled refugees (government-assisted refugees, privately sponsored refugees and blended visa office referred cases)
  • Refugees landed in Canada
  • Those determined to be:

-Convention Refugees

-Persons in need of protection (for example, due to risk of torture)

  • Refugee claimants, including those awaiting the outcome of an appeal
  • Other vulnerable newcomers with vulnerabilities such as high health or mental health needs, mobility and other disabilities, and low education and official language fluency.







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