Welcoming refugees

How you can help in Victoria

I've received many calls from people interested in how to help welcome refugees to Victoria. The information below will be updated periodically with new events and local intitiatives, so feel free to contribute events and information by email

For those interested in learning more about private sponsorship of refugees, here are some frequently asked questions answered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as well as a manual created by the Anglican Diocese.

The Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria provides services to help settle new immigrants and refugees and is helping groups of Victoria citizens privately sponsor refugees. To donate or learn more about their work go here: http://www.icavictoria.org/

The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society helps new immigrants and refugees with learning English and finding employment. To donate or learn more please go to: http://www.vircs.bc.ca/

Fairfield Refugee Sponsorship is a group of concerned citizens working to bring to Victoria a Syrian family of five. You donate or learn more about their efforts here: http://fairfieldrefugeesponsorship.com/

The University of  Victoria History Department has a committee that is raising funds to sponsor and settle a family here in Victoria. They have a fundraiser/auction coming up on December 9, for more information go here: http://www.uvic.ca/humanities/history/home/news/current/auction-to-benefit-syrian-refugee-family.php

To learn more about how the University of Victoria has responded to this challenge please read this message from President Jamie Cassels: http://www.uvic.ca/refugeeresponse/home/president/index.php

If you have an event or information you would like to share on this website and in our community newsletter please email murray.rankin.c1@parl.gc.ca