Canada announces extension of Syria Emergency Relief Fund deadline
“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.