Canada an­nounces ex­ten­sion of Syria Emer­gency Re­lief Fund dead­line

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF -

“The Govern­ment of Canada has taken a dual ap­proach to the refugee cri­sis by sup­port­ing re­set­tle­ment in Canada and re­lief ef­forts abroad. The ex­ten­sion of the dead­line for match­ing funds will bet­ter al­low Cana­dian char­i­ties to pro­vide ur­gent re­lief and sup­port to the chil­dren and fam­i­lies af­fected by the on­go­ing Syr­ian cri­sis.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Franco­phonie

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Franco­phonie, an­nounced last Thurs­day that the time­line for in­di­vid­ual char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions to be counted to­ward the govern­ment’s Syria Emer­gency Re­lief Fund will be ex­tended un­til Fe­bru­ary 29, 2016. For ev­ery el­i­gi­ble dol­lar do­nated by in­di­vid­ual Cana­di­ans to reg­is­tered Cana­dian char­i­ties in re­sponse to the con­flict in Syria, the govern­ment will con­tinue to set aside one dol­lar—up to a to­tal of $100 mil­lion—to the Fund. The govern­ment-ad­min­is­tered fund will pro­vide as­sis­tance through in­ter­na­tional and Cana­dian hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions to help meet ba­sic hu­man­i­tar­ian needs of peo­ple af­fected by the con­flict in Syria, in­clud­ing shel­ter, food, health care and wa­ter. It will also pro­vide pro­tec­tion and education for con­flict-af­fected peo­ple in Syria and mil­lions of refugees in Jor­dan, Le­banon and Turkey. Min­is­ter Bibeau made the an­nounce­ment along with sev­eral Cana­dian non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank, the Cana­dian Red Cross, CARE Canada, De­vel­op­ment and Peace, Ox­fam Canada, Plan Canada, Save the Chil­dren Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vi­sion Canada.

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