Businesses big and small are encouraged to help welcome refugees.
Consider donating through the:
A few ways your business can contribute:
- Donate to charities or not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, goods and services to newcomers
- Direct money to private or community foundations or organizations that help sponsor refugees, such as a local Sponsorship Agreement Holder
- Fund a scholarship for newcomers
Give housing, items and services
Find out how to donate housing, items and services in your area by calling 2-1-1 or visit 211.ca.
If the 2-1-1 service is not available in your province or territory, contact your provincial, territorial, or municipal government.
Here are some ways your business can contribute items and services:
- Offer accommodations at no cost or reduced cost
- Offer company space for storage or to host community events
- Donate, collect, or distribute items such as clothing, furniture, appliances, vehicles, food, mobile phones and books
- Provide services such as transportation, moving, internet, storage, snow removal
- Mobilize your staff to set aside volunteer time to offer their skills or expertise (for example, computer maintenance, accounting) to local community organizations
Connect with newcomers to hire or provide mentoring opportunities through your local service provider organization.
When you hire a newcomer, consider:
- Encouraging other employers in your community to do the same
- Providing training on language, digital skills, and soft skills
- Helping them build professional networks
- Supporting and recognizing organizations that employ newcomers
After you hire a newcomer, it is important to support them with continuous mentorship and training opportunities.
How your workplace can #WelcomeRefugees
- Organize a training event and/or social events to celebrate diversity and promote cultural exchange.
- Invite a refugee to learn more about your workplace.
- Mentor a newcomer, either informally or set up a mentoring program.
- Host a welcoming community event for newcomers by giving money, staff time and space.
- Diversify your corporate social activities by giving money to community organizations that help newcomers.
- Celebrate the diversity within your business and your community and host a multicultural food festival.
See how Canadian businesses are helping already
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Cogeco and Centraide of Greater Montreal pool their efforts to support the integration of Syrian refugees
February 22, 2016
Cogeco will invest $500,000 over five years to develop and implement a training and consulting program. The program will help equip the many front-line workers involved in refugee integration with the tools they need to meet this challenge.
Pro Bono Québec and CN provide pro bono legal services to Syrian refugees
February 11, 2016
Pro Bono Québec and CN are joining forces to provide pro bono legal services to Syrian refugees and their immediate families to facilitate their integration into our society.
Grant bolsters free legal help to resettle Syrian refugees
January 12, 2016
The Law Foundation of Ontario has made a grant of nearly $90,000 to support free legal help that will assist the arrival of Syrian refugees in the Toronto area.
RBC provides $2.5 million in support of Syrian refugees and other newcomers arriving in Canada
December 22, 2015
Today, RBC announced a funding commitment of $2.5 million to support both Syrian refugees and other new immigrants as part of its longstanding history of helping newcomers arriving in Canada.
Desjardins Group to provide aid for Syrian refugees
December 21, 2015
Desjardins Group is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to welcome Syrian refugees by making a $50,000 donation to help ensure that their basic needs are met.
General Motors Canada Responds with Financial Assistance, Work And Training Opportunities For Syrian Refugees
December 21, 2015
GM Canada and its network of Canadian automotive dealers will work with local resettlement organizations across the country to match refugees with work, training and apprenticeship opportunities.
Intact Foundation Provides Local and International Support for Syrian Refugees
December 16, 2015
In response to the growing need for humanitarian aid and relief for Syrian refugees, the Intact Foundation today announced that it has donated $100,000 to UNICEF Canada to support displaced youth remaining overseas.
Metro Inc. Donates $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to Aid Syrian Refugees
December 16, 2015
Metro Inc. is pleased to announce that it will donate $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.
The Co-operators pitches in to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada
December 14, 2015
The Co-operators announced today that it has committed $250,000 in funding, and is encouraging its employees to volunteer, as part of the nation-wide effort to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada.
CN pledges $5 million to assist Syrian refugees resettling in Canada
December 11, 2015
Today, accompanied by the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a $5 million donation to assist communities with the resettlement of Syrian refugees across Canada.
Manulife and Community Foundations of Canada establish Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees
December 10, 2015
Manulife today announced that it is partnering with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) to establish the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund).
Sun Life Financial increases support up to $100,000 as Canada sets to welcome Syrian refugees
December 10, 2015
As thousands of Syrians prepare to seek refuge in Canada, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) is responding to the Government of Canada's call to support settlement efforts.
IKEA Canada Offers $180,000 in Support for Syrian Refugees Resettling in Canada
December 10, 2015
Beginning today, IKEA Canada is pleased to offer support for refugee families settling in Canada through donations of IKEA home furnishings.
Labour unites with business, faith and community groups to support Syrian refugees
December 9, 2015
Canadian unions are uniting with business, faith and community groups to welcome and support the resettlement of the thousands of Syrian refugees due to start arriving in Canada shortly.
Five Canadian Banks Collectively Donate $1 Million To Canadian Red Cross For Syrian Refugees Arriving In Canada
December 7, 2015
BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Bank Group will collectively donate $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross to support Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.
Mainstreet Equity Corp. allocates at least 200 apartment units to house refugees
November 25, 2015
Mainstreet Equity Corp. today responded to the Government of Canada's detailed announcement of the national Syrian refugee project with an offer to allocate at least 200 apartment units to house refugees.
Share what your business is doing
Let us know what your company is doing to welcome refugees to Canada. If you want to highlight your announcement here, send us the details of your corporate donation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the hashtag #WelcomeRefugees to join the conversation on social media.
Read stories about how Canadian employers are helping
- Hair salon helps out Syrian refugees Edmonton Sun
- Inspired by generosity 40 years ago, Surrey store owner giving away groceries to Syrian refugees Vancouver Sun
- Syrian refugees get jobs in Toronto as newcomers find their way in Canada CBC
- A smart phone for each Syrian refugee family in Saskatchewan (in French only) Radio Canada
- Montreal factory gives Syrian refugees jobs, French classes, tips to integrate Montreal Gazette
Canada's Humanitarian Tradition: Hala
Bombings and violence drove Hala out of Syria and towards her exciting new beginning in Canada.
Find out where the refugees are going
Learn which communities and service provider organizations across Canada are welcoming refugees.
Canada: A History of Refuge
Visit our online refugee exhibition to learn more about refugees in Canada.
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