Ontario is helping to ensure seamless and coordinated support for the thousands of refugees settling in the province. By supporting settlement agencies and sponsorship organizations, the province is helping ensure the availability of services critical for refugees to start their new lives, contribute to economic growth and enrich the province's cultural fabric.
In response to the Government of Canada’s commitment to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees, many municipalities have expressed an interest in welcoming Government-Assisted Refugees, and integrating them into their communities. Communities outside the traditional network of cities and towns that welcome GARs are being invited to develop a Community Partnership Settlement Plan, which prepares them to welcome Government-Assisted Refugees.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a Backgrounder to share information about the role of sponsors for privately sponsored refugees to Canada. This includes information about the types of support that a privately sponsored refugee can expect. IRCC offers this in text and in an infographic formats. You can read more information about refugees in Canada on IRCC's website.
Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services has shared resources for Syrian refugees and those supporting them. You can find links on their website.
The Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued a statement to congratulate those working on the ground to support the national project to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada.
Syrian Family Links was launched to help connect Syrian refugees abroad with private Canadian sponsors through the help of the refugee’s family in Canada. Through this initiative, Syrians in Canada can identify family members who are refugees in Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey and help link them with local sponsorship groups in Canada who are seeking someone to sponsor.
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:
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
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