CARE Canada Welcomes Extension of Syria Matching Fund

(OTTAWA) CARE Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s decision to extend the financial match for donations towards registered Canadian charities responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

“It is truly heartening to see Canadians open their doors to help Syrian refugees arriving in Canada,” says CARE Canada President and CEO Gillian Barth. “At the same time, millions of people remain displaced inside Syria or are living as refugees in the surrounding regions. The extension of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund match will help us reach even more families in need.”

Barth joined International Development and La Francophonie Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and other leading humanitarian agencies for a special announcement at Global Affairs Canada headquarters today.

“The Government of Canada is proud to extend the Syria Emergency Release Fund until February 29 2016, to help refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries. With the collaboration of international and Canadian humanitarian organizations we will help meet basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria, including shelter, food, health care, and access to water,” said Minister Bibeau.

The funding match supports registered Canadian charities providing humanitarian assistance to the Syria crisis. Every eligible donation made by individual Canadians until February 29, 2016 will be matched by the Government of Canada’s Syria Emergency Relief Fund, helping to ensure more support reaches displaced Syrians who are in desperate need. (Click here for more information from the Government of Canada)

CARE Canada has been working to help Syrian families and host communities affected by the Syria crisis since July 2012. So far, CARE has reached more than 1.4 million people with life-saving assistance in the Middle East, while extending support to refugees in the Balkans.

Canadians can make their match-eligible donations to support CARE Canada’s relief efforts in response to the Syrian crisis at


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Darcy Knoll
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