The Arrival of Syrian Refugees
Friday, November 27, 2015

It's been five years since the onset of the civil war in Syria. Today, eleven million Syrians are misplaced (had to leave their homes) and four million Syrians have been forced to leave their country. The crisis continues to grow.

The Government of Canada has committed to re-settle 25,000 Syrian Government Assisted Refugees over the next year. Historically, British Columbia receives 10-12% of all refugees coming to Canada. Surrey is the largest recipient of refugees in the province (25-30%). 

Do you want to help?

Would you like to help as a volunteer? Do you have employment leads for newcomers? Would you like to make a donation?

Finding adequate and affordable housing for Syrian refugee families is one of the most challenging tasks for ISSofBC, an organization responsible for initial settlement services to Government Assisted Refugees in BC. Can you help? Fill out ISSofBC Accommodation form.

There are six immigrant serving agencies in Surrey which are funded by the Government of Canada to provide settlement services to refugees. Below is the list of these organizations. They need your help in providing services and supports to refugees.

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society  

Options Community Resources

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS)

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society 


Umoja Operation Compassion Society 

The Oak Avenue Neighborhood Hub Society