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Grants - Syrian newcomer fund

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More than $800,000 in grants were awarded for Syrian refugee resettlement through the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers. Donations made to the Fund have now been fully dispersed to community programs.

"Waterloo Region's support for refugees is humbling. This community's significant generosity has helped 14 private sponsorship groups make otherwise uncovered dental and other care available to their sponsored families. Nineteen local agencies have been enabled to provide 29 targeted programs in response to needs that were not planned for," said Peter Donahue, Immigration Partnership Council Chair. "This Fund and community support for it offered a lifeline of much needed support to many refugee newcomer families. We are extremely grateful to this community and to The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation for their partnership and support."

Community donations up to $400,000 were matched through The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation also collected donations.

Applications to the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers are now closed.

The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was established by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation. Waterloo Region has always welcomed refugees. Already in 2016 around 1,150 Syrian refugees have arrived in Waterloo Region. This exceeds the region's yearly intake of refugees by over 250%. The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was created to respond to emerging gaps and needs in sponsorship and services for Syrian refugees to ensure their successful settling, working and belonging in Waterloo Region.