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Eight new grants announced for groups supporting refugee newcomers

Posted on Tuesday April 11, 2017

Waterloo Region – The Immigration Partnership Council is pleased to announce eight new grants to private sponsorships groups and agencies supporting Syrian newcomers. New grants totaling $104,125 have been approved under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers, bringing total grant-making to $680,619. New grants include:

  • $17,625 to private sponsorship groups associated with St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, St. Marks Catholic Church, Waterloo North Mennonite Church and the Deanery of Waterloo Anglican Church to ensure access to dental treatment for Syrian families.
  • $21,500 to Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre to offer high quality care to newcomer refugees, including trauma-informed mental health care.
  • $15,000 to the Canadian Arab Women’s Association to create safe social gathering spaces for women to share their experience of settling in Canada and connect them with resources.
  • $25,000 to Carizon Family and Community Services to organize activities for refugee children and to provide parents with information about managing their child in the community.
  • $25,000 to Mennonite Central Committee Ontario to provide settlement help and guidance for private sponsorship groups, including assessment of needs, regular check-ins and “Month 13” planning.

“The generous support of local residents continues to ensure that local organizations and sponsorship groups are able to be responsive to the needs of the Syrian families who have arrived,” said Peter Donahue, Immigration Partnership Council Chair.

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

Since November 2015, more than 40,081 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. Over 1,800 have settled in Waterloo Region.



       For more information, please contact:


       Tara Bedard, Executive Director
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