Canada’s Nova Scotia on track to welcome Syrian refugees

Ottawa. The community of Sydney has come forward as an early adopter of a process that was formally announced last week.The Government of Canada has been working with provinces and territories to establish criteria for communities wishing to become welcoming communities for government-assisted refugees (GARs).

Communities outside the traditional network of cities and towns that welcome GARs have been invited to develop a Community Partnership Settlement Plan, which will help prepare them to welcome these refugees.

Sydney will develop its plan in cooperation with the provincial government of Nova Scotia. The plan will demonstrate that they have the necessary services in their communities to help refugees settle and integrate in their new home town. The plan will be assessed by the government of Nova Scotia, and submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The process, which was announced on February 5, 2016, will be open to other communities outside the province of Quebec (which is responsible for its own refugee resettlement program).

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