Bloorcourt Sponsors

More than four million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes after nearly five years of brutal civil war. Most who fled are now living in appalling conditions in Syria’s neighbouring countries; half are children who have been traumatized by war. Huge numbers of desperate men, women and children are risking their lives along perilous migration routes to reach Europe.

Ottawa has pledged to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the next few months. The government expects private sponsors to shoulder the majority of the costs of resettling these refugees. This is a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity for regular Canadians to play an active role in responding to the crisis. Bloorcourt Sponsors, a group of more than 20 neighbours and one-time strangers have come together to respond and bring one of these Syrian refugee families to Toronto.

In a short period of time we have launched fundraising efforts, mobilized the necessary resources and tackled the mountains of paperwork required. The Government of Canada requires private sponsor groups to provide $27,000 to support a family of 4 for a year. However, this is not realistic in Toronto. That's why Bloorcourt Sponsors have set an audacious goal of raising $50,000 which includes $10,000 for the family's travel costs payable to the Government of Canada under the current guidelines. The outpouring of generosity and support from our community and across Canada has been incredible - but we still need your help.

Bloorcourt Sponsors has partnered with the University of Toronto as a U of T sponsorship team in the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge. Donations can be made via Ryerson, and are eligible for a tax receipt. Please select Bloorcourt Sponsors under the U of T teams in the drop down menu.

Thank you Canada, and thank you Toronto the Good! You are living the true Canadian values that so many of us hold dear.

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