The Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued a statement to congratulate those working on the ground to support the national project to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada.
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.
Finding a health care provider is an important first step for many newly arrived refugees in Ontario.
The Refugee HealthLine -- 1-866-286-4770 will play a key role in connecting refugees with various health service providers for transitional care in the short-term, and will be developing and maintaining a registry of providers able to provide care for refugees.
Call this number to register for help in being connected with a health service provider who can assist with initial medical assessments and referral to other health services. This is not an emergency or crisis line.
Syrian Refugee Health Care Options in Ontario:
This educational country profile intends to assist practitioners in education understand the structure of the educational system in Syria. It identifies the programs of study at the elementary and secondary levels, and how the grading system compares with Ontario.
The Woodgreen Community Services in collaboration with the City of Toronto has announced a program called H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange) to match refugees with housing, furniture, clothes and other services donated by individuals and companies. Refugees, sponsors, landlords or donors must register for access to H.O.M.E online
There are many groups of residents working with organizations to plan and support refugees and newcomers across Bruce and Grey Counties.
In an effort to help coordinate who is doing what and where, Community Connection/211 has been asked to contact organizations to seek your input to identify supports, services and any other relevant opportunities, formal and informal, organized or spontaneous.
Does your organization directly support refugees/newcomers? Do you know about programs or services that support refugees/newcomers in general? If you are aware of any formal or informal activities, please review the current list to ensure it is complete - visit www.informationbrucegrey.ca and click on the link to the refugee directory.
Follow the instructions to review, update or add listings. If you need help with updating or adding a listing, please call 2-1-1 and one of the Community Navigators will be glad to help. Please respond by January 25th, 2016
Project Gateway is made up of a group of individuals who have come together to respond to the refugee crisis. It is their intention to sponsor two or more refugee families and support them for their first year in Ottawa. This is the Protection Policy they have drafted with their partner, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa (a registered Sponsorship Agreement Holder) and have allowed us permission to share it in case other sponsorship groups may benefit from it.
A significant milestone was reached late yesterday evening. Canada has now welcomed more than 10,000 Syrian refugees to our country as part of the #WelcomeRefugees initiative, bringing us closer to our goal of welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016.
This page centralizes information and resources related to the Syrian Refugee Crisis response through updates and links to related information. This includes links to resources and information on the multitude of initiatives happening across Toronto and nationwide as well as initiatives and actions organized by Toronto East Quadrant (TEQ) Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) and partners to support refugees arriving in Scarborough.
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.
Together, the organizations provide private sponsors with free legal services to help them navigate the refugee sponsorship process in the Toronto area. Nationally, more than 1,000 lawyers and supervised law students in five Canadian cities have volunteered with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program to provide these services and the efforts are expanding rapidly.