As millions of Syrians continue to be displaced due to conflict in their home country, the Government of Canada is working with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to welcome Syrian refugees.
Canadians can help
Canadians can make a difference and help Syrian refugees settle in Canada by volunteering their time or expertise and by donating. Learn more.
Canadian businesses can help
Canadian businesses can help by offering money, time or jobs to support refugees arriving in Canada. We encourage you and your business to get involved in a variety of ways. Learn more.
Syrian refugees resettled under the initiative
Get the latest updates
We want to make it easy for Canadians to stay updated as Syrian refugees settle into a new life in Canada. You can learn about the highlights, key figures and other facts from the initiative as well as the government-funded services available to all refugees, including Syrians, once in Canada.
Canada’s Syrian commitments
Key figures from the initiative
One year after arrival
Looking to the future
Refugee access to settlement services
Settling in to life in Canada
The experience of transitioning to life in Canada is different for every newcomer. Many of the recently resettled Syrian refugees are adjusting as well as historical refugee groups, and their integration in the first year is as expected. Some are already giving back to the communities that have welcomed them. But all refugees need support and time to become accustomed to their new communities and adapt to a whole new life in Canada.
There are many players involved in helping newcomers, including refugees, adapt to life in Canada. Supportive social networks and service provider organizations are essential to their integration. Through these networks and organizations, individuals can get information, find housing and jobs, improve their language skills, foster civic involvement, gain critical cultural knowledge and receive emotional and other support.
Some will adapt to Canada quickly, but the reality is that others will take longer and require ongoing support and access to settlement programs, which are critical to ensuring long-term success. All refugees, whether privately sponsored or government-sponsored, have access to settlement services until they become Canadian citizens.
Canadians have been helping and continue to do so by welcoming refugees to their new communities and volunteering with local service provider organizations. Together we are helping refugees navigate the transition to life in Canada. Learn more.
Stories from the journey
Welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada was a historic effort, and we want to share some stories, videos and photos of the journey and of some of the people who helped make it happen.
St. Joseph School
Grade 6 students in Acton, Ontario made welcome cards for Syrian children arriving in Canada.
Uzi's family left Syria in the early 90s and found Canada to be everything they hoped for in a new home.
Since arriving in Canada as a refugee in May 2015, Mohamed feels safe and at home.
Canada: A History of Refuge
Visit our online refugee exhibition to learn more about refugees in Canada.
I am a refugee – Abdelsater
After three years as a refugee in Jordan, Abdelsater is excited to work in Canada and provide his children with a good future.
Volunteer Management Handbook
A resource for service-providing organizations assisting newcomers to Canada
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