John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, in Calgary with Mayor Naheed Nenshi, February 2016.
Photo by Mike Ridewood/CP images.


As communities band together across Canada to welcome families from Syria, so too the corporate and non-profit worlds converge in collaboration on the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees. Created by Community Foundations of Canada, in partnership with Manulife, CN and GM, the Welcome Fund is designed to provide housing, job training and skills development for refugees being welcomed into our communities.

With announcements taking place in Canada’s largest cities, as well as smaller communities, the breadth of media coverage has helped shine a light on the impact of the Welcome Fund and what’s possible when different partners come together to build communities that help everyone settle and feel like they belong.

Below are some media highlights from recent announcements across the country.


Community Foundations of Canada and Manulife establish Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees – Charity Village
The Sector in Action: Charities’ Role in Settling Refugees – Imagine Canada
GM Canada Reaches Out to Syrian Refugees – Autosphere
Community at the Centre as Corporate Canada Welcomes Refugees – CanadaHelps


CN Railway announces $5M donation to Syrian welcome fund at Calgary event – CBC News
Immigration Minister talks refugee plans in Calgary – 660 News
More private sector to help find housing for Syrian refugees in Calgary – The Province
‘Welcome Fund’ established to help settle Syrian refugees – Global News


Corporate donations helping cover costs of housing for refugees – London Free Press
London Syrian refugee resettlement initiative receives $250K – London CTV
London United for Refugees receives $250,000 boost – The Londoner


$750,000 fund established to meet immediate needs of Syrian refugees – Montréal Gazette
McCallum says progress made on finding housing for Syrian refugees – The Globe and Mail
Montreal’s private sector pitches in to help Syrian refugees – CBC
Une aide nécessaire pour les réfugiés syriens de Montréal – Journal Metro
Le relogement des réfugiés syriens s’améliore, selon John McCallum – Le Huffington Post (Québec)


Winnipeg Foundation gets $500K to help settle Syrian refugees – CBC, Manitoba
Winnipeg Foundation gives half a million dollars to help Syrian refugees – Chronicle Journal
$500K fund donated to help Syrian refugees settle in Manitoba – Winnipeg CTV


Daphne Bramham: Minister says resettling Syrian refugees is a work in progress – Vancouver Sun


Wesley receives $250K to subsidize housing for Syrian refugees in Hamilton – The Spec


‘Welcome fund’ directs $450,000 to Ottawa refugee programs
– Ottawa Citizen
Community Foundations of Canada to donate $450,000 to Syrian refugees – Ottawa Sun
Ottawa Welcome Fund announcement on CTV Noon News, May 4 (starts at 10:03).


Permanent housing found for 1,200 Syrian refugees living locally – CTV Kitchener

View all announcements in the CFC newsroom (category: belonging)