Brampton is supporting the resettlement of Syrians escaping the ongoing conflict in Syria.
More than 25,000 individuals have arrived in Canada since November 2015. All refugees have gone through extensive security and medical checks, and are a mix of privately-sponsored and government-sponsored newcomers.
Brampton’s role has largely been one of support. The lead agency directing resettlement activity in our area is Region of Peel Human Services. The United Way of Peel Region is responsible for supporting the integration of any newcomers that settle in the Region.
Twenty-nine individuals have been privately sponsored within Brampton, and more are in our neighbouring Peel Region communities.
Brampton’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating the City’s response. Activities have included:
- Partnering with Parks and Recreation to provide the Active Assist program, helping newcomers get active and connected through recreation centres and programming
- Partnering with the Brampton Library to help provide access to computers and the internet, along with other useful resources
- Partnering with the Brampton Transit to explore ideas for transportation assistance through funds coming from donation kiosks at Pearson International Airport
We are committed to supporting the Region of Peel and the United Way by welcoming newcomers from Syria into our community.
How can I get involved?
- Consider partnering with friends and relatives to sponsor a refugee. Connect with Lifeline Syria, an organization helping to bring refugees to the GTA.
- For donations of cash or goods, or to volunteer your time to support the newcomers, contact the United Way of Peel Region at unitedwaypeel.org
More details on the Government of Canada’s plans to resettle Syrian newcomers are available on their #WelcomeRefugees website