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.
Registered charities declaring eligible donations must complete the Syria Emergency Relief Fund Declaration Form (PDF; 191 KB)Footnote*, which must be received by Global Affairs Canada on or before January 15, 2016, for its donations to be counted toward the relief fund. More information can be found on the Global Affairs Canada site.
Beginning today, IKEA Canada is offering support for refugee families settling in Canada through donations of IKEA home furnishings. IKEA Canada will accept applications from registered charitable organizations from December 10th through March 31st, 2016, or until the project budget has been exhausted, through an online application form. Due to the expected interest in this program, only successful applicants will be contacted.
Many of the Syrian 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 Syrian families.
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.
The Kenora Refugee Support Partnership is a community initiative aimed at resettling refugees from conflict-ridden areas into a new home in Kenora.
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.