Ottawa, December 10, 2015 — As the Syrian refugees arrive in Canada and start the resettlement process, the Canadian business community is mobilizing and working with labour groups, community organizations and faith groups to raise funds and facilitate their transition into employment.
“Most communities can count on organizations that are experts at welcoming newcomers, from providing basics to helping them settle in. These organizations have the expertise that’s needed. What they require most right now is money. We are reaching out to business and asking them to please contribute to the funding drives taking place in communities across the country,” explained the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is taking an active role in mobilizing its network of local and regional chambers, as well as its corporate members. Working with the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Chamber participated in a joint press conference on Thursday morning.
In coming days, the Chamber is holding a national network call to discuss the various initiatives being put in place all over the country.
Next week, Chamber President and CEO Perrin Beatty will co-host a corporate luncheon with Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of the TD Bank Group at the TD Head Office in Toronto. This luncheon will be the opportunity to discuss the government's plans and what business can do to help, with the participation of Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Hon. John McCallum.
“We are also looking ahead. As the refugees resettle and take the first steps towards becoming Canadians, they will need training and jobs. One of the most useful contributions companies of all sizes can make is to consider hiring a refugee and encouraging other businesses to do the same,” continued Mr. Beatty.
“I firmly believe that our country will be enriched by the contributions these refugees will bring to Canada’s culture, knowledge, skills base and growth. First and foremost, though, we must welcome them and make them feel at home,” he concluded.
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G. Will Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce