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:
Help in finding employment and becoming self-supporting
Other resettlement assistance
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 language 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
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:
Resettlement - Local Agency Resources Information
Government of Canada website
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.
You can connect with Lifeline Syria by:
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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