It’s in the news every day. You’ve been talking about it with family, friends, and neighbours. The refugee crisis has been the topic of conversation for months now, and the Canadian government has revealed details of its plan for 25,000 Syrians to be settled in Canada by the end of February, 2016.
People and organizations in Waterloo Region are mobilizing to help – by sponsoring refugees, offering financial support or donated items to people who are sponsoring refugees, and looking for affordable housing options.
As a library, we offer ongoing services and collections that support refugees and other newcomers to Canada, such as language supports (including a collection of books in Arabic), Library Settlement Partners, and English as a Second Language.
STAY TUNED: We are currently looking at new ways we can specifically support the 1,000 refugees who are expected to arrive in Waterloo Region, as well as the people who are sponsoring and supporting them.
If you, or someone you know, is sponsoring refugees, please connect with us – we can give you a tour and show you all we have to offer.
This week at Central Library, our Library Settlement Partners from the KW Multicultural Centre held a session for people looking for more information about private Group of Five sponsorship (sometimes known as G5 sponsorship).
G5 requires five adults who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents to come together, committing financial and settlement support for a refugee or a family of refugees for one year.
In addition to being responsible for housing, food, and clothing, sponsors are required to help families settle in to their new life in the community. This can include helping to get children enrolled in school, finding ESL support for adults, booking and attending dental or optometrist appointments, and helping them find employment, learn the transit system, and connect with social or cultural groups.
You can also sponsor refugees through a Sponsorship Agreement Holders group, or through a community group.
Find out more about the three ways to sponsor
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUP OF FIVE SPONSORSHIP
Find out if your group is eligible to become a sponsor
CONNECT WITH ORGANIZATIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION
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