At a City Council Meeting in December, Aidan put forward a motion to assist City of Hamilton Sponsor Groups who have been waiting for months to receive refugee families—and to the refugees themselves, still caught up in the continuing, unprecedented crisis currently gripping both Europe and the Middle East. As well as to request an extension of the financial assistance program provided to refugees who arrived in 2016. Hamilton was the 2nd Canadian City after Vancouver to pass such a motion.
Here is the text of the motion:
WHEREAS, many citizen sponsors responded very positively to the government’s call in late 2015 for Syrian refugees to come to Canada;
WHEREAS, many groups raised money, undertook training and generally prepared to welcome a refugee family;
WHEREAS, because of a change in policy by the Federal government, many sponsorship groups and Groups of 5 are still waiting for a refugee family; and,
WHEREAS, it has been shown that the best way to integrate refugees into Canadian society is with a group of citizens hosting them;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
(a) That the Mayor, on behalf of Council, correspond with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to request the federal government take whatever steps necessary to ensure that refugee families both from Syria and other countries are processed, and travel arrangements made, so the sponsorship groups and Groups of 5 that are ready to host such refugees can welcome those refugee families within three months; and,
(b) That the Federal government consider an extension of the financial assistance provided to the Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada in 2016.
(c) That a copy of this resolution be provided to The Honourable John McCallum Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.