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Kingston working with partners to integrate refugee families

November 25, 2015 -

Yesterday, the federal government released its plan on the resettlement of  25,000 refugees in Canada.  Before the end of December 10,000 refugees will be relocated to Canada.

"Kingston has already welcomed five refugee families through the federal government's private sponsorship program and at least another five are expected in the coming weeks," said Bryan Paterson, mayor of Kingston. "We may also welcome some government-assisted refugees who settle in Kingston permanently, but we don't yet have enough information to anticipate numbers."

Locally, up to 600 government-assisted refugees may be housed temporarily at CFB Kingston, which will serve as one, of many, interim lodging sites (ILS) across Canada.  The ILS locations will be managed federally with support from organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross. 

All security and health screening will be done before refugees arrive in Canada. Refugees who are privately sponsored will go with their sponsors upon arrival in Canada. 

Refugees staying in temporary accommodation will receive a range of supports and be moved as quickly as possible to permanent accommodations across the province.  It is not expected that local municipalities will have a direct role in the operations of these sites but the City is regular contact with CFB Kingston as the planning unfolds.  It is not anticipated that the arrival of refugees will have any impact on the provision of regular municipal programs and services. 

The City of Kingston is working with Immigration Services at Kingston Community Health Centres, CFB Kingston, the United Way, community agency partners, neighbouring municipalities, and the province to ensure a coordinated response to the integration of refugee families into our community. 

A fund has been set up through the United Way to collect financial donations from the community to assist with local refugee settlement. www.unitedwaykfla.ca/refugeerelief   

More information on the federal government plan is available at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/welcome/index.asp

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Richelle Morgan, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 1229, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.