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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Refugee Sponsors: Halton Region​


The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011, has caused widespread displacement with more than 4 million Syrian refugees fleeing to the neighbouring countries and another 8 million displaced internally. Only three countries, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey have formal refugee camps however, 85% of Syrian refugees live in non-camp environments such as urban centres or makeshift dwellings.

 

The Canadian government announced on November 24, 2015 that it plans to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees to help alleviate the overwhelming number of refugees residing in those countries. The refugees will either come as a Government Sponsored Refugees or as Privately Sponsored Refugees.

                        

Find out how Canada is helping Syrian refugees  and what Canadians can do to help.

Federal Government and Private Sponsor's Role​.

 

The Federal intention is for Syrian refugees to be admitted to Canada with the Federal government, private or blended sponsorship which requires the provisional material and social needs (living allowance, housing, food and basic necessities, language training, employment supports, etc).

 

The Federal Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) program is available to support government sponsored refugees for their first year in Canada or until they can support themselves, whichever comes first.​​


Federal supports available for up to one year through the GAR program include:

  • Financial assistance

  • Accommodation

  • Clothing

  • Food

  • Help in finding employment and becoming self-supporting

  • Other resettlement assistance

The Private Sponsorship Refugee (PSR) program is available through a group of five (G5) or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have arranged to sponsor a refugee living abroad to come to Canada. All of the group members must be at least 18 years of age and live or have representatives in the area where the refugee will settle. The sponsorship group is legally committed and responsible to support the refugee emotionally and financially for one year after their arrival or until they become financially independent, whichever comes first.​​​  
    
Responsibilities include:
 
  • Welcoming at the airport and immediate help getting settled

  • Providing a place to stay such as an apartment, house or hotel

  • Covering or making provisions for the cost of food, clothing, furniture, rent and household utilities, as well as other day-to-day living expenses (including electricity and water bills)

  • Locating languag​​​e interpreters and selecting a family doctor and dentist

  • Assisting in applying for provincial health-care coverage and a social insrance number

  • Enrolling children in school and adults in language training

  • Providing orientation to banking services and transportation

  • Helping with employment search

   As of September 25, 2015, Private Sponsors who wish to sponsor Syrian refugees will be able to apply to through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program.. In the BVOR program the Government of Canada will provide up to six months of income support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), while Private Sponsors will provide another six months of financial support and up to a year of social and emotional support. Refugees are also covered under the Interim Federal Health Program for the duration of the sponsorship (one year), in addition to provincial health coverage In the BVOR program the Government of Canada will provide up to six months of income support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), while Private Sponsors will provide another six months of financial support and up to a year of social and emotional support. Refugees are also covered under the Interim Federal Health Program for the duration of the sponsorship (one year), in addition to provincial health coverage. ​​
 

There are many services and supports available for refugee families in Halton, please click here.for a listing

Other Ways to Help and Resources:

        

Local Agencies and Resources:

  • ​Syrian Refugees - Volunteer and Donation Hub​

  • World Renew Burlington:Taking donations from individuals to donate to Syrian families. $65 for a food package for the family of 6, $60 for a hygiene kit for the family, $29 to buy four blankets for a family, and $13 to buy an emergency light for a family​ .

  • ​​​How to Sponsor a Refugee Family: The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

  • ​Workshops, webinars and E-Training on sponsoring refugee families

  • Lifeline Syria will help you sponsor a family. Lifeline Syria is a community-based initiative that is helping to recruit, train, and match private refugee sponsors in Ontario with Syrian refugees approved for resettlement by the federal government. Sponsors will include organizations, individuals, or groups of individuals such as faith-based groups.

  • LS-Sponsor-Handbook

 

You can connect with Lifeline Syria by:         

Phone: 647-827-1428 

Email: info@lifelinesyria

Website: www.lifelinesyria.ca   

               

If you wish to donate, these established organizations are already providing relief to refugees abroad and assistance to new arrivals in Canada:

 

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