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.
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.
Many of the 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 families.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about vaccination on the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website. The PHAC also provides their Parent's Guide to Vaccination print version in several languages. Copies can be ordered from their website.
These multilingual fact sheets include information on health care coverage and service options for Syrian refugees in Ontario. They are produced by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
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.