Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Many residents have contacted me to ask how they can help to support the resettlement efforts. I am thrilled with the local efforts that we are currently seeing across Ward 16 and the City of Toronto. Currently, many local churches, schools and community groups are supporting refugees in various ways, including through fundraising efforts. These families also have an urgent need for clothing and furniture. Please contact my office, if you are a local group and would like to have your name added to the list below.

Allenby Community Welcomes Refugees

A local community group is partnering with Rosedale United Church  to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees. For more information on how you can help, please see Allenby Community Welcomes Refugees.

St. Clement’s School & St Clement’s Church

“St. Clement’s School and St. Clement’s Church have partnered to sponsor a Syrian refugee family group of 7. The School and Church have a longstanding and important partnership and are thrilled to be working together on this important initiative.” Martha Perry ’85, Principal

Contributions can be made to the Chair of the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Subcommittee, Clara MacCallum Fraser, clara.fraser@gmail.com

Furniture Donations

Furniture Bank provides gently-used household furnishings to individuals and families in need. For a small fee that helps to cover the pickup costs, Furniture Bank will come to your home and remove furniture and other household items that you no longer need. The charity has partnered with Lifeline Syria to help newcomer and refugee families address their immediate furniture needs. Schedule a furniture pick-up, online or call 416-934-1229, ext. 2

Lifeline Syria

A Toronto-based organization, Lifeline Syria will recruit, train and assist sponsor groups to welcome and support Syrian refugees coming to Canada to resettle in the GTA. To find out more or make a contribution: www.lifelinesyria.ca

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has an ongoing appeal to assist Syrian refugees and are a member of Toronto’s Inter-Agency Task Force. Find out more at www.salvationarmy.ca

Until December 31, 2015, the Government of Canada will be matching donations made to registered Canadian charities with an equivalent contribution to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

Further Information

Find out about the City’s Refugee Resettlement Program and how you can help, from the Toronto Newcomer Office.

For more information on Canada’s refugee resettlement efforts or to find out how you can help sponsor a refugee family, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website:.www.cic.gc.ca