B.C.’s premier has announced one-million dollars from the province to make sure we are prepared for Syrian refugees that may come to our province.
Choking up while speaking about the death of toddler Alan Kurdi, Christy Clark said we are incredibly lucky as Canadians, and the Kurdi family was incredibly unlucky.
She says last year B.C. welcomed 36,000 immigrants, of which 1,528 were refugees.
“If the number of refugees in that mix grows as well, I think that is great. I think it would be a way for Canada to reach out…and share our incredible good luck.”
Clark says the one-million dollars will be used by agencies that are helping refugees come to Canada, and assisting them once they are here.
“I think we all want to make sure that we do everything we can to make sure that children and families like Alan Kurdi’s find their way to Canada so that they don’t have to face that kind of distress, that kind of loss.”
An information line at 1-877-952-6914 has been set up by the province, where people can call to learn about existing supports available for refugees, and how the new fund can be used to help community groups and sponsors
Listen to Premier Clark talk about the distressing photo of little Alan Kurdi:
The new fund will be used for:
- Counselling – trauma counselling in particular
- Groups of Five private sponsorship supports
- Community level supports, help for local governments that settle Syrian refugees into welcoming communities
- Foreign Credential Recognition, funding to assist B.C. professional associations quickly review and approve foreign credentials
- Employer supports, to help businesses and existing immigrant settlement organizations employ, train and mentor Syrian refugees