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March 22, 2011

Measures to Promote Resettlement of Iraqi Refugees

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney met with Iraqi community members in Toronto to promote the resettlement of Iraqi refugees to Canada through private and government assisted sponsorship programs.

He also announced a cost sharing pilot project with the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto and the Asmaro Society in Windsor. Under this new project, each organization will have access to up to $100,000 which will increase their ability to sponsor Iraqi refugees. This assistance will come in the form of three months of income support for each refugee sponsored.

Canada will continue the measures implemented in 2009 through 2013 in response to the conditions in Iraq and requests from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This included doubling the number of refugees it would settle through the mission in Damascus through the private sponsorship program where most Iraqi refugees

In addition, as part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Canadian government will increase the number of resettled refugees from camps and urban slums by 20%. The numbers for refugees resettled through the Government-Assisted Refugees Program will be increased by up to 500 and 2000 resettlement places will be added to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program.


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