Red Deer's Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Red Deer

As millions of Syrians continue to be displaced due to conflict in their home country, the Government of Canada will work with Canadians to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees. As Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Canada, The City prepares to welcome those who will settle here and call Red Deer home. To assist with this transition, the following resources may be of service to those who are sponsoring Syrian refugees or are refugees themselves.

Catholic Social Services - Immigration & Settlement is the designated local settlement agency for Syrian refugees arriving in Red Deer and will lead the arrival and settlement of refugees into Red Deer.

How do I sponsor a Syrian refugee?

The Government of Canada provides information on sponsoring a refugee.

How can I help Syrian refugees?
To donate time and skills:
  • I want to volunteer to support Syrian Refugees in Red Deer through Catholic Social Services, Immigration Settlement. Sign up now.

To make a financial donation:
  • Financial donations to help Syrian refugees can be made to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund through the Government of Canada or to Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) through their CanadaHelps account at
  • The Government of Alberta also offers a matching program to help refugees.
  • You could also consider contributing to an organization who is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH). These organizations can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees. You can find a list of SAH's on the Government of Canada website.
  • While we thank Red Deerians for their generous nature, at this time The City of Red Deer is not accepting donations.
How can I offer my available rental accommodations?

Accommodations are required for any Syrian refugees arriving in Red Deer. If you have available rental accommodations, please register now.

What additional services are available to refugees in Red Deer?

View The City's Community Support Services Brochure (pdf) to view the many services available in Red Deer.

For individuals looking for assistance accessing government, health, recreation and social services, 211 Alberta is available in more than 100 languages, including Arabic.

Getting around Red Deer - information for refugees

To find out about public transit fees, stop locations and routes, visit our Transit pages.

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