As the province plans for recovery, the town is beginning to carefully and responsibly bring back services and reopen some public spaces, programs and services. Provincial emergency orders and the town’s physical distancing by-law remain in effect. We must all continue to follow guidelines from Public Health officials.
The federal government is working with Canadian organizations, private sponsors and all levels of government to help Syrian refugees resettle in Canada.
Of the first wave of refugees, 10,000 by year end, the majority will be privately sponsored and settled and cared for by their sponsors. In Ontario, those accessing the federally-funded Refugee Assistance Program agencies will be located in six urban centres: Toronto (serving the Greater Toronto Area including Peel, York and Durham Regions), Ottawa, London, Windsor, Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo. An additional 15,000 refugees are expected to come to Canada by the end of February 2016.
The Town of Oakville will support the federal government’s refugee plan in any way possible and will share information on what we can all do to help welcome Syrians to Canada.
Thank you to the Oakville Community Foundation for putting together a list of resources and information for the community.
DAR Foundation is the drop-off location for food and personal item donations.
485 Morden Road
Please note that no drop-off is available between 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the winter months as the mosque is in service.
Food for Life is the drop-off/pick-up coordinator for large corporate food donations that require refrigeration.
2258 Mountainside Drive
Halton Immigration Portal provides information on what to expect when refugees arrive in Halton. Information on the site is aimed at newcomers, people who are planning to come to Halton and those who are supporting them or provide services to newcomers. The website can be translated using the translate button at the top of the page to any language.
Halton Multicultural Council is a community-based settlement agency providing programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities.
Settlement.org provides information for newcomers to Ontario.