Strategies & Actions

Syrian Newcomers

Thank you Hamilton

In January 2016, Hamilton rose to the occasion and opened hearts and homes to Syrian newcomers. Watch how Hamiltonians from all corners of the city worked together to welcome and support newcomers.

How can I help?

There are many ways you can help our newest neighbours feel at home in Hamilton. You can donate money, your time or gently used clothing and household items.

Syrian Woman web

Donations of clothing and furniture can be made through the Salvation Army. Salvation Army has agreed to issue free vouchers for Syrian Refugees to shop at their local thrift stores.

Salvation Army Mountain store
879 Upper James St.
Hamilton, Ontario L9C 3A3
Phone: 905-388-6876

Salvation Army Downtown store
59 King St E.
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1A5
Phone: 905-521-0548

To inquire about free vouchers for refugees contact Wesley Urban Ministries at 905-528-5629 or Dan Miller, Director of Public Relations at Salvation Army at 905-521-1660. 

Syrian man web

Donations of monetary amounts can be made to one of the following Syrian Refugee funds:

Syrian Kids web

To volunteer, please contact one of the local organizations helping refugees.

Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC)

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) brings together community partners to coordinate and enhance the delivery of services to newcomers. By working closely with local partners from many different sectors in Hamilton, HIPC leads initiatives to successfully integrate newcomers to Hamilton and create a welcoming community. 

Our Vision: Hamilton welcomes newcomers, celebrates diversity, and is a place for everyone to call home. 

For more information and to download resources for newcomers, visit and follow us on Twitter @HipcHamilton.


Resources for Sponsors and Community Partners

Syrian Refugee Population Profile (PDF, 635 KB)
Handbook for Sponsoring Groups (PDF, 20 MB)
Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PDF, 1 MB)
Wesley Community Report (PDF)

Resources for Newcomers, Community and Resettlement Partners

Hamilton Housing Guide

Hamilton Newcomer Services Quick Guide

Translation & interpretation services
ITS Translation Services
124 James St S., Unit 200
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 2Z4
Phone: 905-527-7045 - 8 am to 4 pm and 289-689-1440 - after 5 pm
Email[email protected]

Wesley Urban Ministries Interpretation Services
52 Catherine St. N.
Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1J1
Phone: 289-389-8739
Email[email protected]

Government assisted refugees (GARs)

  • Wesley Urban Ministries is the designated organization funded by the government to support GARs in Hamilton through their Resettlement Assistance Program.

Privately sponsored refugees (PSRs)

  • Many organizations and private groups are sponsoring refugee families in Hamilton.

Private sponsored refugees organizations and agreement holders

Immigrants Working Centre
Anglican Diocese of Niagara
World Renew (formerly the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Canada - CRWRC)
Diocese of Hamilton
The United Church of Canada
True City Hamilton

If your organization is sponsoring a refugee family, please contact [email protected] to be added to the list.