ISSofBC Syrian Settlement Outcome Survey Report - released Dec 9
Monday, December 12, 2016

On December 9, 2016, Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISS of BC) released the final report and a one-page summary of key findings on the settlement of Syrian refugees in BC.

From the executive summary:

The year 2016 marks the largest refugee resettlement movement in Canadian history. This year alone over 44,800 resettled refugees will settle in this country through Canada’s humanitarian immigration stream. The response from Canadians towards refugees has been extremely positive, unleashing a wave of compassion and humanity unseen in recent years. Through Operation Syrian Refugee, the public has an increased awareness and insight into the current global refugee crisis. In addition, Canadians have a greater understanding of the challenges faced by low-income families on provincial income assistance.

The resettlement of refugees has highlighted income support rates provided during the first year by the Government of Canada to government assisted refugees and/or raised by the public for privately sponsored refugees. The federal income support rates and guidelines provided to refugee sponsors reflect the base rates of provincial income assistance rates. The challenges faced by families, including Syrian refugees, on limited income are daunting as they respond to increased housing, food and transportation cost pressures.

As of November 27, 2016 over 35,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada. 2,100 government assisted refugees (GAR’s) settled in BC. In addition, as of August 31, 2016 (the latest available IRCC stats) 424 Syrian privately sponsored and 326 Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) cases have settled in over fifty (50) communities throughout BC.