Syrian Crisis Refugee Assistance

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance

The Calgary Foundation is proactive in its response to crises at both the local and international levels, and it is the mission of the Foundation to facilitate collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations. Review the table below for a selection of charitable organizations making a difference in the lives of refugees from Syria as well as immigrants from across the globe. Please visit the website of the organization of your choice to learn more and to donate. 

The Calgary Foundation provided a grant of $72,000 in December 2015 to Calgary Catholic Immigration Services to hire staff who will coordinate all of the generosity Calgarians are offering to assist with the settlement of these new Calgarians

Donations earmarked to help provide aid to the Syrian Refugee crisis may be eligible for matching fund from the Federal Government, through the Syria Emergency Response Fund.

Quick facts about this program:

  • Donations must be made between September 12, 2015 – December 31, 2015 directly to an organization by an individual donor, to be eligible for the match. Calgary Foundation grants are NOT eligible for the Federal Government match. 
  • The Federal Government is committed to providing matching dollars up to $100 Million. For every $1 donated to a qualified charity, the Federal Government will set aside $1 for the Relief Fund.
  • Donors should contact charities directly to inquire whether or not they are participating in this Federal matching funds program.

Learn more information about how the fund works at:

Organization Name 
Local or International Aid 
Relief Programs
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society 
Fifth Floor, 1111 11 Avenue SW
Provides funding when families arrive in Calgary. It provides resettlement and counselling in areas of family settling, employment and community engagement. 
Canadian Red Cross Society
100, 1305 11 Avenue SW
Improves the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. 
Canadian UNICEF Committee
1100, 2200 Yonge Street Toronto, ON
Utilizes its influence not only to provide safety for children in need, but also to make a noticeable change in their overall outlook on life. 
Doctors without Borders 
Second floor, 333 7 Avenue New York, NY, USA
Provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.
Mennonite Central Committee 
210, 2946 32 Street NE
Provides food, blankets, shelter and other assistance as needed in Lebanon and Jordan. 
Oxfam Canada
39 McArthur Avenue Ottawa, ON
Works with people to secure their basic human rights, combining support to long-term development and humanitarian responses with research, advocacy and campaigning against the root causes of poverty and injustice.

20 Hopewell Way NE
Provides shelter to refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Greece. 
Save the Children
4141 Yonge Street Toronto, ON 
Operates programs domestically and internationally that focus on the issues of health and nutrition, education, HIV and AIDS, child protection, livelihoods and food security, emergency relief and child rights governance.
Shelterbox Canada
Office 2, 159 Jane Street Toronto, ON
Shelterbox does not allow donors to designate donations to a specific aid mission, and therefore is not participating in the Federal Government matching program.
United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Canada
401, 280 Albert Street Ottawa, ON
Works in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Hungary, and Turkey to provide life-saving aid. 
War Child Canada
500, 489 College Street Toronto, ON
Operates in Jordan to assist with refugee crisis, providing education and child protection services. 
World Renew
3475 Mainway STN LCD 1 Burlington, ON
Provides food, blankets and shelter. 
World Vision
1 World Drive Mississauga, ON
Builds up communities, responding to the root causes of poverty and creating resilience; encourages parents to send their boys and girls to school; creates rewarding work opportunities for adults so that children are not at risk of being sent to do dangerous jobs; finds out what a community needs are and how best to respond.

Below is a sampling of organizations in and around Calgary that provide general immigrant services: 

Organization Name      Office    Relief Programs
Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth
201, 1120 40 Avenue NE
Provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for over 11,000 newcomer families a year, helping them to acquire the appropriate skills, knowledge, and experience to better settle and integrate into Canadian society
Calgary Food Bank5000 11 Street SE  As the city’s central source of emergency food support, they provide food hampers and ongoing food support to families referred from organizations who work directly to re-settle refugees.
Calgary Immigrant Women`s Association  200, 138 4 Avenue SW
Addresses the needs and concerns of immigrant and refugee women, youth, children and families. Innovative and unique approaches to providing essential skills to immigrant and refugee women.
Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary 1010, 999 36 Street NE
Provides a full suite of services, including: settlement services, English language training for adults, and supports for finding and retaining employment.
Immigrant Access Fund Society of Alberta  550, 1000 8 Avenue SW
Provides micro-loans that can help a newcomer who is struggling to pay for the costs of the Canadian licensing or training you need so they can work in their pre-immigration career.
Immigrant Services Calgary Society1200, 910 7 Avenue SW 
Provides comprehensive settlement services and works, together with immigrants and their families, to make Canada home.