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:

Posted: 01/25/2016 - 11:06

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

Posted: 01/19/2016 - 15:24

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

Posted: 01/18/2016 - 09:36

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.

Posted: 01/13/2016 - 12:01

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.

Posted: 01/13/2016 - 12:00

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.

Posted: 01/13/2016 - 09:27

Canada has announced that the timeline for individual charitable donations to be counted toward the government’s Syria Emergency Relief Fund will be extended until February 29, 2016.

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria, the government will continue to set aside one dollar—up to a total of $100 million—to the Fund.

Posted: 01/08/2016 - 13:50

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.

Posted: 01/04/2016 - 11:39

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.

Posted: 01/04/2016 - 11:38

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.

Posted: 12/24/2015 - 09:10