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Five new grants announced for groups supporting Syrian newcomers

Posted on Friday October 28, 2016

Waterloo Region – The Immigration Partnership Council is pleased to announce five new grants to agencies supporting Syrian newcomers. New grants totaling $126,200 under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers have been approved, bringing total grant-making to $571,933. New grants include:

  • $5,000 to a private sponsorship group led by Gary Petker and $20,000 to Reception House to ensure access to dental treatment for Syrian families.
  • $3,200 to Wilfrid Laurier University to fund community dinners that will facilitate the integration of Syrian families and student learning of refugee resettlement efforts.
  • $80,000 to The Working Centre to provide enhanced pre-employment training for Syrian newcomers and on-the-job supports.
  • $18,000 to Reception House to run homework clubs for Syrian youth to support educational success, confidence building and community connectedness.

“These new grants address immediate needs of Syrians living in this community as well as needs arising as they get more settled in school and ready for work,” said Peter Donahue, Immigration Partnership Council Chair. “The generous support of local residents continues to ensure that Syrian community members have the supports they need when they need them.”

Community donations up to $400,000 are being matched through The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation has also been collecting donations.

The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers continues to accept applications for support from agencies and private sponsors. November 2 is the last application deadline of 2016.

Since November 2015, more than 32,737 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. Over 1,285 have settled in Waterloo Region.


For more information, please contact:                

Tara Bedard, Manager
Immigration Partnership
519-575-4757 x3171 

Bethan Llewellyn, Director, Executive Services
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation  
519-725-1806 ext. 205
(Mobile) 519-807-4260