Waterloo Region has set up a new website in support of welcoming the Syrian refugees. There is a number of resources for citizens wishing to help including through donations of warm clothing, food, household items and money.
Many of the Syrian refugees who are coming to Canada will be children and youth with a range of physical, emotional and mental health needs. Caring for Kids New to Canada is a resource for the many health and social service professionals who will be helping to resettle Syrian families.
The Refugee Sponsorship Forum (Forum) provides information on refugee sponsorship, educational opportunities and coordination to refugee sponsorship groups in Guelph and area. The Forum encourages and supports peer-to-peer networking and collaboration between the sponsorship groups in Guelph and area along with volunteer support.
CMAS has prepared a guide Caring for Syrian Refugee Children for those working with immigrant and refugee children. This guide will provide program staff with the information and tools they'll need to better understand and respond to the unique experiences and needs of Syrian refugee children.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a mobile phone application (app) to help people determine whether they are financially eligible for a legal aid certificate. The app also gives applicants real-time access to call centre wait times.
To help Syrian refugees and other newcomers with their settlement in Canada, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released an Arabic version of their “Your First Two Weeks in Canada” video.
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.
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.
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.