$500,000 is being kicked in from the private sector to help Syrian refugees adjust to life in Manitoba.
Immigration Minister John McCallum made the announcement at Welcome Place in Winnipeg with all funds going towards local settlement organizations.
“Having welcomed them here, the second step is to equip them for success in Canada.” McCallum said, “Largely that’s a matter of housing, language training and jobs.
All funds will be distributed through the Winnipeg Foundation. $150,000 is going directly to Welcome Place and 75,000 to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba.The rest will be allocated at a later date. Welcome Place is using their share to provide each refugee family with a package with bedding and and utensils for their new homes.
Over 25-thousand Syrians have came to Canada and many still need help with rent, household items, and finding work.
“There are always little troubles along the way but we have a situation where 72% of refugees are in permanent housing.” McCallum said,
Almost 1-thousand Syrians have moved to Manitoba since the beginning of December. Another 2-thousand should be here by the end of 2016.