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News Release

Durham Region prepares to welcome Syrian refugees

WHITBY, ON December 04, 2015

Through the generosity of private sponsors, Durham Region is welcoming refugees as part of a national humanitarian campaign. The selection of refugees is at the sole discretion of the Government of Canada. At this time, the exact number of refugees to be settled in Durham Region is unknown. 

In September, the Region co-hosted an information session on private refugee sponsorship, and by Council resolution, donated $25,000 to Lifeline Syria through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for refugee relief efforts. Regional staff will continue to serve as information brokers by connecting residents to the local initiatives and service providers who are co-ordinating people and resources.  

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of local individuals and community groups mobilizing support for Syrian refugees,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Access to accurate information from trusted sources will help to maintain the positive and welcoming tone that has been set across Durham Region.”

The Region’s website,, has recently been updated to address the ways that Durham residents can help. Residents can find facts about the current crisis and the Syrian refugee application process, information about private sponsorship opportunities, and ways to connect with local groups for information on where to direct donations of goods, time, or money.

In addition, the website contains information, resources and suggestions on how the public may assist in welcoming refugees, and links to information produced by the federal government, including a population profile of Syrian refugees.

Residents are reminded that prior to taking up public collections or sponsoring clothing drives, they should connect with the Community Development Council of Durham (CDCD), who will match sponsors with the donations they may require. You can reach CDCD directly at 905-686-2661 or toll-free at 1-866-746-3696, and via e-mail at

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