WHERE WILL THEY SETTLE IN CANADA?
CITIES WHERE REFUGEES WILL GO, ACCORDING TO A NOV. 19 GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT
A government strategy paper released Nov. 19 provided a snapshot of where the first wave of refugees will settle. Most newcomers will go to Toronto and Montreal, cities with established Syrian communities that will help ease the transition. Politicians and business associations in Nova Scotia are lobbying to receive more refugees than they are currently allocated, arguing new people will help revitalize the local economy and reverse the region’s long- term aging trend.
WHO ARE THE SPONSORS?
The newcomers need food, housing, education and health care. They will require translators, language training, social assistance and employment counselling. That’s where refugee sponsors step in. Any group of five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents can apply to sponsor a refugee. Prospective sponsors are required to raise a minimum of $27,000 and take settlement training. Sponsors can include private citizens, community organizations and church groups. Sponsors agree to provide care, lodging and support for the first 12 months of residence in Canada, or until the refugee becomes self-sufficient.