Events & Articles

May 03, 2016

The Syrian Refugee Medical Assessment Translation Tool is available for free to health care providers for mental health screening. It was developed to help reduce language barriers between Syrian refugees and healthcare providers.
These free, secure online tools have been developed to allow patients to complete a full history and mental health screening in Arabic or Armenian, with the results automatically translated to English for healthcare providers to review and add to the patient record.

April 27, 2016

This summer, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) is proud to offer 350 free spots to refugee children in Canadian summer camps across the country. Accredited Camps are providing hundreds of free spaces at their camps for children ages 4-15 who have come to Canada as refugees in the last three years.
Thanks to the generous donations from Accredited Camps across Ontario, we are offering free spots to a variety of camps, including:

April 26, 2016

Ryerson University, Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) invites newcomer Syrians to a free financial literacy workshop (in Arabic).
 This workshop will be the second (out of 5) of our financial literacy series. This workshop will introduce participants to banking in Canada.
Topics include:

April 22, 2016

The OttawaCitizen - When Syrian refugees began arriving by the planeload in Ottawa around Christmas time, many wondered where they would all live in a city with a severe shortage of affordable housing. But in a development that has surprised even settlement workers, all the government-sponsored refugees 1,112 of them have already found permanent housing.

April 18, 2016

Refugee families need lots of "starter kit" items for their homes.
Many refugee families have just moved into or will be moving into homes in Waterloo Region in the coming months. There is a new effort to better coordinate donations and gather items that we know are of immediate need.  “Starter kits” should be made up in quantities appropriate for four people.
For details on the contents of different starter kits please click here

April 06, 2016

Ryerson University, Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) invites newcomer Syrians to a free financial literacy workshop (in Arabic).
This workshop will introduce participants to the Canadian financial system.
Topics include:

  • Canadian money
  • Average costs of living in Toronto
  • What is a Budget

You can read more and register for this event on Eventbrite

April 01, 2016

The Torontoist site shares suggestions of how the public can help Syrian refugees beyond donating money.

"There’s no shortage of love for Syrian refugees in Toronto, but knowing how to channel that desire to help can be tricky. It becomes especially confusing when you want to offer support and don’t have a wealth of disposable income. To help you navigate the vast refugee support network, we’ve compiled some ways to pitch in that don’t involve opening up your wallet."

March 18, 2016

The CIVICYork Region Online Immigrant Support Directory provides reliable, online information, for 600+ York Region settlement, immigrant, ethno-cultural, and integration services - organized and sorted for easy retrieval, available 24/7, with Google Translate - for both community residents and service providers.

March 18, 2016

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the release of the Language Training for Canada video in Arabic. The purpose of the Language Training for Canada video is to raise newcomer awareness on the importance of official language skills for settlement in Canada.

The Language Training for Canada video is also available in English and French.

March 15, 2016

This unique Employment Summit will help Syrian Refugees learn about the Canadian workplace while providing practical skills for finding meaningful employment. The summit will feature a keynote on "Finding Success in Canadian Workplace" coupled with concurrent workshops.