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.
UPDATE: In-kind Donation Collection and Distribution Centre has been closed.
CultureLink, in partnership with the Arab Community Centre of Toronto and the Candian Centre for Victim of Torture, is preparing a number of services for the Syrian Refugees. One of these services is establishing an emergency In-kind Donation Collection and Distribution Centre at CultureLink's location where the landlord has donated an empty space for free for six months. Refugees are invited to visit the distrubution centre, ideally with their sponsors, starting January 4, 2016.