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Waterloo Region coordinates response in preparation to welcome Syrian refugees

Posted on Wednesday December 02, 2015

Waterloo Region - The federal government has announced its plans to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Waterloo Region is one of six Ontario reception centres for Syrian refugees. It will receive more than 1,000 government assisted and privately sponsored refugees beginning in December 2015, with the majority of them arriving in January and February of 2016. These refugees will receive resettlement assistance in our community.

Waterloo Region is a welcoming and inclusive community and is working collaboratively with municipalities and community partners to ensure a seamless, co-ordinated and appropriate support for the refugees who will be arriving soon.

A newly established Refugee Resettlement Steering Committee has been working with municipal governments and community partners and agencies to identify, mobilize and coordinate resources to support the settlement of refugees. A number of working groups have been set up to handle and manage all aspects of the refugee resettlement and will be meeting and reporting on a regular basis.

Our community has a long and proud history of supporting those in need. Building on the strong foundation of work already done by the Immigration Partnership and its partners, the Waterloo Region Refugee Resettlement Steering Committee will work hard to ensure that we are ready to welcome the Syrian refugees in the coming weeks and months.

The public may access more information through a newly created centralized website www.WRwelcomesrefugees.ca.The site will serve as a hub of local information for the public on how we are accommodating the refugees and how Waterloo Region residents can help by volunteering, donating money and household goods. Those looking for information on how to assist can also access information by calling 211.The public is encouraged to be part of the conversation on social media by following the hashtag #WRWelcomesRefugees.  

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For further information, please contact: 
Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, Region of Waterloo, 519-575-4408