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How to Help Syrian Refugees Without Donating Money

The Torontoist site shares suggestions of how the public can help Syrian refugees beyond donating money.

"There’s no shortage of love for Syrian refugees in Toronto, but knowing how to channel that desire to help can be tricky. It becomes especially confusing when you want to offer support and don’t have a wealth of disposable income. To help you navigate the vast refugee support network, we’ve compiled some ways to pitch in that don’t involve opening up your wallet."

Language Training for Canada Video in Arabic

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the release of the Language Training for Canada video in Arabic. The purpose of the Language Training for Canada video is to raise newcomer awareness on the importance of official language skills for settlement in Canada.

The Language Training for Canada video is also available in English and French.

Canada Announces the Syrian Family Links Initiative

Syrian Family Links was launched to help connect Syrian refugees abroad with private Canadian sponsors through the help of the refugee’s family in Canada. Through this initiative, Syrians in Canada can identify family members who are refugees in Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey and help link them with local sponsorship groups in Canada who are seeking someone to sponsor.

Law Foundation of Ontario Grant to Help Resettle Syrian Refugees

The Law Foundation of Ontario has made a grant of nearly $90,000 to support free legal help that will assist the arrival of Syrian refugees in the Toronto area. The grant furthers the partnership of Lifeline Syria and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, a pro bono lawyer co-ordination effort led by the University of Ottawa's Refugee Law Hub.

Preparing for the Arrival of Syrian Refugees

Sherbourne Health Centre provides health care services and support to newcomers to Canada, including refugees. As communities prepare to welcome Syrian refugees in the coming days, weeks, and months, Sherbourne's health care providers are planning and coordinating services to ensure access to appropriate care for refugees upon their arrival; a list of services can be found on their website.