There are different ways to help refugees and many Canadians are asking how they can help. You can make a difference in someone’s life by donating to organizations that are helping those affected by this crisis.
Donate to help in Canada
New refugees will be in need of almost everything, including furniture, clothing, food, dishes and much more as they resettle in Canada. Canadians can help by donating money to local organizations such as Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) that help support newcomers in Canada. If you want to find out if an organization is a registered Canadian charity that can issue tax receipts, check the charities listings.
Local donations can go a long way. Stay aware of your local news as your community may have specific groups or organizations that can use your donations to help those in need. Not sure where to start? In Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario you can call 211 toll-free to find out how you can offer support for refugees. 211 is Canada's primary source of information on government and community-based health and social services.
Find an organization in your area to see how you can get involved.
Donate to help internationally
The Government of Canada created the Syria Emergency Relief Fund to support humanitarian relief efforts in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, the government will set aside one dollar in the Syria Emergency Relief Fund until February 29, 2016.
Globally, you can donate to an international humanitarian organization that is providing immediate assistance in the field to those who need it most: water, food, hygiene items, clothing, tents, blankets, temporary shelter and basic healthcare.
Sponsor Syrian refugees
There are a few ways to sponsor refugees. Find out which way works best for you.
Find out what your business can do to help
Your business can help by donating money, items and services, and hiring refugees.
I am a refugee – Halaa
Halaa, a law student, calls the opportunity to come to Canada a dream come true.
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