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Syrian Conflict

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Regugees walking along gravel path

In 2011, internal conflict erupted in Syria that would later escalate into a full-blown civil war that rages on to this day.

As millions of Syrians continue to be displaced due to conflict in their home country, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario will work with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Graphic representing number of Syrian refugees


Waterloo Region is one of six Ontario reception centres for government-assisted Syrian refugees. We will receive more than 1,000 government assisted and privately sponsored refugees beginning in December 2015. The majority will arrive in January and February of 2016. These refugees will be assisted with permanent resettlement in our community.

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