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.
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.
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.