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Refugee Resettlement Support


How You Can Support Refugees

Is this you?

  • Wanting to know how you can support Syrian Refugees
  • Good facilitation, communication and people skills
  • Organised and good at time management
  • Flexible and ready for anything

Yes?  Then become a volunteer team leader where you can share in a family’s new life in Canada, welcome them to Peterborough, make friends and learn about other cultures.

Support Team Members
The New Canadians Centre expects to welcome 36 Syrian Refugee families by March 31, 2017. As of November 2016, we have received 30 families. We are matching every new family with a volunteer support group to provide:

  • Welcome reception
  • Social connections and arranging family activities within the community
  • Orientation to the community – grocery stores, library, parks, YMCA
  • Assistance with childminding and transportation to appointments
  • Informal ESL support
  • Assistance with permanent housing search

Team Leaders
As a team leader, your main role is to coordinate and communicate.  You will be responsible for delegating ‘tasks’ to the support group.  You will act as the contact/liaison for the group with the NCC and keep the team connected and up to date with family activities and needs.

Will it make a difference?
Yes!  The support groups have made a huge difference to the families who have arrived so far and even influences their decision whether to settle in Peterborough or not.  Our goal is to match every family with a support group – you can help us reach that goal.

How do I get a team?
All it takes is a core group of 4-6 members to start.  Talk to your family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues to see who might be interested. If you don’t have a group, no problem, let us know and we will match you with a team.

Want to learn more?
Please let us answer your questions so you can decide if this role is right for you. Otherwise follow the instructions at the bottom of the volunteer page.

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You may also contact Liana Honsinger at, 705 743 0882.

If you are not able to commit your time to being part of a support group, you can support our work by making a financial contribution.  

Due to overwhelming donations of clothing, food and household items, we are longer accepting donations of any items.  If new needs arise, we will update this page and put out requests via social media. 


Update (March 1 2017)

At this time, the New Canadians Centre does not know if Peterborough will continue to receive refugees as a Resettlement Assistance Program centre past this spring, as the Canadian government is still evaluating its refugee strategy for the coming years.  If we continue as a RAP centre, we could expect to receive approximately 12 families (50 individuals) per year from all parts of the world.

Numbers to date (March 1 2017)

  • The New Canadians Centre has worked with almost 50 sponsorship groups in 5 counties
  • Approximately 280 refugees have settled in Peterborough; of these, approximately 1/3 are privately sponsored and 2/3 are government assisted refugees
  • Almost 100 refugees have settled in surrounding counties (of these, almost all are privately sponsored refugees)
  • About half of all refugees are minors; most families have at least 2 children

Information & Resources for Private Sponsorship Groups

In early September 2015, the New Canadians Centre hosted a workshop on refugee sponsorship in response to a large number of inquiries from the public as to how they could assist with the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Since that time, the New Canadians Centre has taken the lead in coordinating the community’s response by facilitating communication, collaboration and connections between community organisations and members as we work to welcome both privately sponsored and government assisted refugees.  This is community wide effort and response, and we gratefully thank the City of Peterborough, our community partners and the community as a whole for their support and assistance.  The way ahead brings many challenges, but also many rewards.

Notes from 13 April Refugee Support Symposium