Ontario Government to help fund uOttawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2015

The Government of Ontario announced today that the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) will receive $225,000 in funding. The Government is also supporting refugee settlement efforts in Ottawa by increasing funding to both Resettlement Assistance Program centres and community agencies in Ottawa and across Ontario.

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP), which was recently established by the Refugee Hub at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, brings together students, experts, community organizations and lawyers from across the country to offer pro-bono legal assistance to those wishing to sponsor Syrian refugees.

“Bringing Canadians together to make a real difference is empowering," explains Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. “This project is about ordinary people working together to do extraordinary things. Professor Jennifer Bond and a small group of Refugee Hub volunteers started this program with the intent of mobilizing 15 law students to help with sponsorships.  The SSP now has close to 1000 lawyers and 150 students registered to donate their time across the country - the response has been extraordinary.” 

“The expertise and dedication of agencies and programs like the University of Ottawa SSP reflect the very best of our city and our values as Canadians. Our government is proud to support efforts that are both helping welcome the refugees fleeing conflict, and providing them with the support they need to succeed,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre.

The Ontario Government is supporting refugee settlement efforts in Ottawa with increased funding to both Resettlement Assistance Program centres and community agencies in Ottawa and across Ontario to help improve delivery of both settlement and integration support. These funds will help provide comprehensive, community-based support for refugees.

Media inquiries

Mila Roy
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Cell: 613-762-2908
mila.roy@uOttawa.ca

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