By Gisele Shaw
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:30 am ·  0 Comments
The federal government is working with Canadian organizations, private sponsors and all levels of government to help Syrian refugees resettle in Canada.
Of the first wave of refugees, 10,000 by year end, the majority will be privately sponsored and settled and cared for by their sponsors. In Ontario, those accessing the federally-funded Refugee Assistance Program agencies will be located in six urban centres: Toronto (serving the Greater Toronto Area including Peel, York and Durham Regions), Ottawa, London, Windsor, Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo. An additional 15,000 refugees are expected to come to Canada by the end of February 2016.
The Town of Oakville will support the federal government’s refugee plan in any way possible and will share information on what we can all do to help welcome Syrians to Canada.
How can you help?
Please note that there are sponsorship scams. Do your due diligence before providing any group with funds.
Special Information for People Seeking Refugee Status in Canada
Don’t trust or believe anyone who asks you to pay for a sponsorship. Under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, sponsors are responsible for assisting refugees with financial and settlement assistance. You do not have to pay for a private sponsorship. In addition, you do not have to prepay or repay your sponsors for care, lodging (housing) or settlement assistance.
Canada’s immigration programs are based on fairness. No one can promise your application will be given special treatment or guarantee that it will be approved.
If your permanent resident status was obtained as a result of fraud, the Government of Canada may conduct an investigation and may revoke your permanent resident status.