At the end of 2020, there were 82.4 million forciblydisplaced people in the world, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), of which more than a quarter are refugees. Through alliances, technical innovation, and community programs, Foundation for a Path Forward is committed to supporting Refugees | Forcibly Displayed People both in Canada and abroad.
In 2021, Canada provided 17,900 protected persons permanent residency, from the nearly 40,000 protected persons and their dependents that have been residing with open permanent residence applications across the country. Canada also announced that the IRCC recently launched a national call to improvise the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program that amends pre- and post-arrival support services for private sponsors in order to ensure “full assistance” for the incoming refugees. In 2018, Canada had made a commitment to resettle 10,000 refugees from Africa and the Middle East by 2020. So far, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the country took in almost 9,200 refugees last year.
Urgent Need: Afghanistan Refugees
Provided by our colleagues at the BC Refugee Hub, the following page provides up to date information regarding Canada's resettlement of Refugees from Afghanistan.
World Refugee Day - 2021
We hosted this event in our role as British Columbia’s Official Faith Based Community Conveners for Anti-Racism Initiatives. We we recognize that Refugees play an important role in the Canadian Mosaic.
We believe that diverse faith communities are uniquely equipped to consider the complex circumstances contributing to the refugee crisis and our collective moral obligation to mitigate its impacts. And we recognize an extraordinary opportunity for us to come together as a multi-faith community to take action, together, on supporting refugees.
We hosted this event in partnership with BC Refugee Hub and St. Andrew's Wesley United Church (Pacific Region United Church of Canada), and supported by the Government of Canada, The Province of BC, Resilience BC, and IDRF.
The Refugee Portal Podcast
Our first podcast - the Refugee Portal Podcast seeks to bring refugee stories, as well as the stories of their allies and supporters to light. The podcast focuses on interviewing, sharing, and learning from the stories of Refugees, as well as the perspectives of academics, humanitarian workers, members of government, and stakeholders.
The Muslim Food Bank provided services and care to over 80% of the Syrian Refugees who came to Canada from 2016-2021. The continue to support refugees with weekly groceries, elder care, community support, linguistic support, counselling, and case worker care. Especially for refugees from Muslim countries, the MFBCS provides culturally sensitive support and resources for new comers to Canada.
ISSofBC provides a supportive environment for newcomers to Canada of all backgrounds. They are here to meet Refugees settlement, English language and employment needs. Since 1972, they've been providing a variety of support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada.
Through their dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners, they provide settlement, education and employment services for over 20,000 clients every year.