MAJOR SETBACK: Here is the situation:

Our application was received at the Winnipeg Processing Office on November 2, 2016. Applications are not accepted without proof of needed funding which took us until fall. The government’s initial push to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees was achieved by March 31, 2016. Applications from Groups of 5 and Community Sponsors continued throughout 2016 until the government announced a cap on January 1, 2017. We had every reason to believe that 2016 applications would continue to be screened. In February, we contacted David McGuinty’s office, M.P. for Ottawa South for information and advice; they were helpful but their news was not. The Winnipeg Office is processing only those applications received by March 31, 2016 by the end of December, 2017, and will not estimate when applications received between April 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 will be processed.

This has been devastating news for the family of 7 waiting in a one bedroom apartment in Beirut and very disheartening for the Core Committee and our supporters. We have advised the family that we will do all we can to correct this situation, and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We have been advised that letters to one’s local M.P. and to the Minister may help. We are asking you to lend your name and support. You will find a template letter to The Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship and copied to David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa South. We are asking you to download this letter and send by e-mail to the Minister and copy Mr. McGuinty using the e-mail addresses provided; just add your name and contact information at the bottom of the letter. We suggest that you send the letter both as an attachment and copied and pasted into the e-mail itself. The appearance of a formal letter is professional and persuasive and more likely to get attention. You are of course free to change the letter to better suit your own style but this is not necessary.

Please take a few minutes to add your voice asking that this be corrected not only for us but for other sponsoring groups across Canada. Please do this soon. We have all worked too hard to be roadblocked now and cause additional heartache for Syrian refugees. The ITC thanks you as does the family of 7 so eager to come to our community. .

Letter can be found below:


ITC Refugee Action Group Core Committee

Lynne Bezanson (; 613-733-2946), Karin Keyes-Endemann,

Alan Landsberg, Marilyn Minnes, Carole Moult, Paul Puritt