#WelcomeRefugees: Canada resettled Syrian refugees

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.

40,081
Syrian refugees resettled under the initiative
As of January 29, 2017

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 Kamal

Uzi's family left Syria in the early 90s and found Canada to be everything they hoped for in a new home.

Mohamed

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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