A plane carrying the 25,000th Syrian refugee landed in Montreal Saturday night. Today marks the deadline for the government’s pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. Now that the government has met its commitment, the resettlement process will slow down, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said last week.
Organizations in Leamington, Ontario, Peterborough, Ontario and Brooks, Alberta are stepping up to play a stronger role in resettling refugees in Canada.
The New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence (Leamington), the New Canadians Centre (Peterborough) and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (Brooks) all successfully demonstrated they have the services in place to become new Resettlement Assistance Program centres and are able to start accepting government-assisted refugees.
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Ottawa is better prepared to accommodate the surge of Syrian refugees thanks to new provincial funding announced in late December. The Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI Ottawa)
will receive funding to support both Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) and those who arrive through private sponsorship (PSRs).
Ontario is helping to ensure seamless and coordinated support for the thousands of refugees settling in the province. By supporting settlement agencies and sponsorship organizations, the province is helping ensure the availability of services critical for refugees to start their new lives, contribute to economic growth and enrich the province's cultural fabric.
In response to the Government of Canada’s commitment to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees, many municipalities have expressed an interest in welcoming Government-Assisted Refugees, and integrating them into their communities. Communities outside the traditional network of cities and towns that welcome GARs are being invited to develop a Community Partnership Settlement Plan, which prepares them to welcome Government-Assisted Refugees.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a Backgrounder to share information about the role of sponsors for privately sponsored refugees to Canada. This includes information about the types of support that a privately sponsored refugee can expect. IRCC offers this in text and in an infographic formats. You can read more information about refugees in Canada on IRCC's website.
Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services has shared resources for Syrian refugees and those supporting them. You can find links on their website.