New intergovernmental committee to welcome Syrian refugees
Inorder to effectively coordinate the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees to Quebec, the Caucus of large cities of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) has initiated the creation of an intergovernmental committee to be the guarantor regarding Quebec and Ottawa in this file. This decision was taken during a telephone meeting between the mayors of Montreal and Quebec and the mayors of the majority of cities that will be welcoming Syrian refugees.
At that time, the cities reiterated their firm commitment to fully contribute to the success of the collective welcoming effort, and at the same time expressed the urgency that governments of proximity be part of the action plan. The mayors want to assure
cohesion in this important operation with the governments of Ottawa and Quebec, as well as with the multitude of community intervenors. This will require effective communication, in real time, between all levels of government.
“It will be the municipalities who will integrate these new arrivals and as governments of proximity, we must be consulted and informed of the measures that will be put in place. It will be this intergovernmental committee who will work with Quebec and Ottawa concerning the questions of financing and accompaniment. The cities are the first line for the different intervenors, and long after the arrival of the refugees. We therefore want to be adequately supported to assure the integration of these arrivals,” explained the president of the Caucus des grandes villes and the mayor of Longueuil, Caroline St-Hilaire. The UMQ will put in place a technical committee to assure the coordination between all the member cities in this file: Gatineau, Laval, Longueuil, Montreal, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Brossard, Drummondville, Granby, Joliette, Saint-Hyacinthe, SaintJérôme and Victoriaville.