Welcoming Syrians

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.

How can I help?

Safetynet Children and Youth Charities is the drop-off location for clothing donations in Oakville.

Drop-off location

226 Randall St. Suite 101

DAR Foundation is the drop-off location for food and personal item donations.

Drop off location

485 Morden Road
Oakville, Ontario

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.

Large food donations by corporations: Food For Life

Food for Life is the drop-off/pick-up coordinator for large corporate food donations that require refrigeration.

Drop off location

2258 Mountainside Drive
Burlington, Ontario

Donate to an agency sponsoring a Syrian refugee in Oakville or volunteer you time

  • Faith organizations
    • Many of the faith communities across Halton are organizing their efforts to sponsor families. Connect with your local place of worship (i.e., church, mosque, synagogue, temple, etc.) to find out how you can help.
  • Halton Multicultural Council: Offers a special line of donations to support refugees in Halton. One hundred per cent of donations will be dedicated to supporting the Interfaith Community Initiative.
  • Interfaith Council of Halton is working to bring a Syrian family of seven to Halton.
  • Lifeline Syria Toronto: Seeks to help local organizations sponsor 1,000 Syrian refugees and bring them to the GTA in the next two years.
  • Oakville Community Foundation
  • Oakville Neighbourhood Group: Is crowdsource funding on INDIEGOGO to help sponsor a family.
  • United Way of Halton and Hamilton

Donate to an agency providing international humanitarian relief

To help those seeking asylum from the crisis in Syrian, Canadians can sponsor refugees in three different ways. Learn more by visiting the Government of Canada website.

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.

Housing information

Employment resources

Government of Canada

Government of Ontario

Halton Region

  • Halton Region: For information about Halton Region’s services such as emergency housing, financial assistance, public health services, and low-income supports dial 311. You can also dial 311 to ask about funding and support efforts to help Syrian refugees who are seeking asylum from the conflict in Syria.