The Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership in collaboration with the People's Church and the Toronto Newcomer Office are pleased to invite you to an information session and fair for private refugee sponsors and service providers interested or involved in supporting Syrian refugees in Toronto North.
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.
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.
We invite you to share these videos on social media and/or on your organization’s website.
For more information about the Government of Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees as well as the latest progress updates on this initiative, please visit the #WelcomeRefugees website.
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. This is the first version of the app, and it follows the organization’s recent expansion of financial and legal eligibility criteria for legal aid services in Ontario.
You can read more about the new app on the Legal Aid Ontario website.
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary health coverage for resettled refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health-care coverage. Eligible individuals receive coverage under the IFHP until they are eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. The IFHP also does not cover health care services and products where a claim can be made under a private insurance plan.
Effective immediately, Syrian claimants who apply for Refugee Protection Division (RPD) coverage will be issued a 10-hour expedite legal aid certificate. The expedite certificate covers the preparation and filing of the Basis of Claim (BoC) and other documents (e.g., submissions) in accordance with the Immigration & Refugee Board’s (IRB) expedited process for Syrian refugee claimants.
Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today issued the following statement. "Today, the Government of Canada announced that it will not pursue its appeal in the case of The Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care et al.The case involves changes made in 2012 to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees, refugee claimants and claimants who were denied refugee status." You can read the full statement on the Governement of Canada's website.
The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has posted new videos of the first flight arrivals of Syrian refugees in Toronto and Montreal. You can view these videos and more on the department’s YouTube channel. For more information about the Government of Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees as well as the latest progress updates on this initiative, please visit the #WelcomeRefugees website.
To date there are currently 23 primary care sites within the GTA cooperating in offering care tailored to Syrian refugees, with more joining as the days progress. As the numbers of new arrivals grow these Health Services Providers are interested in seeing the refugees, not only because of symptoms they may presently be experiencing, but also as a preventative measure. Details on the participating locations, as well as how to book an appointment, may be found on the Crossroads Clinic webpage.
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.