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Canada announces extension of Syria Emergency Relief Fund deadline

January 7, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that the timeline for individual charitable donations to be counted toward the government’s Syria Emergency Relief Fund will be extended until February 29, 2016.

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria, the government will continue to set aside one dollar—up to a total of $100 million—to the Fund.

The government-administered fund will provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations to help meet basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria, including shelter, food, health care and water. It will also provide protection and education for conflict-affected people in Syria and millions of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Minister Bibeau made the announcement along with several Canadian non-governmental organizations, including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, the Canadian Red Cross, CARE Canada, Development and Peace, Oxfam Canada, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada.


“Canadians have demonstrated great compassion in welcoming refugees to Canada. The Syria matching fund is a complementary way for Canadians to assist in helping millions of people still requiring assistance abroad. I have no doubt Canadians will continue to rise to the occasion and give to those most in need.

“The Government of Canada has taken a dual approach to the refugee crisis by supporting resettlement in Canada and relief efforts abroad. The extension of the deadline for matching funds will better allow Canadian charities to provide urgent relief and support to the children and families affected by the ongoing Syrian crisis.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is a leading donor in response to the Syrian crisis, having provided over $969 million in humanitarian assistance and funding for development projects and security and stability initiatives since the beginning of the crisis, including $100 million, announced on November 26, 2015, for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • To date, close to 4.3 million people fleeing Syria have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, mainly Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
  • The government is committed to resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of February 2016.

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