Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees

The Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees was established to provide housing, job training and skills development support for the 25,000 refugees who will be welcomed in communities across Canada in the coming months.

Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees

Our patron, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada has called this refugee resettlement a “defining moment” for our country. It is an opportunity for groups across sectors and across the country to support and care for those who will soon call our communities home.

As part of our collective response in welcoming refugees from Syria to Canada, we have established The Welcome Fund, which will support local organizations across Canada leading the housing and resettlement efforts in partnership with Canada’s network of 191 community foundations.

Community foundations’ knowledge and leadership in Canadian communities makes our movement well-suited to work alongside partners and experts to direct the contributions of the Welcome Fund to where they will have the greatest impact, with a specific focus on housing, job training, and skills development.

By working with local organizations and partners, this fund will help to increase community coordination with a focus on the long term, and continue the work community foundations are already engaged in to build communities where we all belong.