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Kingston Named Refugee Resettlement Assistance Centre

April 15, 2016 -

This week, the federal government announced Kingston has been named as a new Resettlement Assistance Program Centre, joining 30 communities across the country, to welcome government-assisted refugees. The successful application to host the program in our community was made by KEYS Job Centre and Kingston Community Health Centres with support from the City of Kingston.

"As mayor, I am proud our community has come forward to play a stronger role in supporting refugee families through the establishment of a Resettlement Assistance Centre in Kingston," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "The centre is a great example of the generosity and hard work of organizations and individuals providing specialized services to support a new life in Kingston."

Through their application to host the Resettlement Assistance Program Centre, KEYS Job Centre and Kingston Community Health Centres have shown they have the services in place to accept government-assisted refugees through comprehensive and expanded services to meet the unique needs of refugees when they first arrive in Canada.

KFLA Refugee Fund:

The City, in partnership with the United Way, has set up the KFLA Refugee Fund to accept financial donations toward the cost of welcoming and integrating refugees into our community. Community members interested in supporting local efforts to assist refugee families can learn more by visiting www.CityofKingston.ca/Refugees

Civic reception to welcome refugee families to Kingston:

The Rotary Clubs of Kingston and Mayor Paterson are hosting a civic reception to welcome new families and thank all those who are supporting refugee families making Kingston their new home. The reception will be held Thursday, April 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall, City Hall. 

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Media contact: For more information contact Christina Thomson, assistant to the mayor, 613-546-4291 ext. 1405 (cell 613-650-7231)

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