Canada announces extension of Syria Emergency Relief Fund deadline

January 7, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that the timeline for individual charitable donations to be counted toward the government’s Syria Emergency Relief Fund will be extended until February 29, 2016.

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria, the government will continue to set aside one dollar—up to a total of $100 million—to the Fund.

The government-administered fund will provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations to help meet basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria, including shelter, food, health care and water. It will also provide protection and education for conflict-affected people in Syria and millions of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Minister Bibeau made the announcement along with several Canadian non-governmental organizations, including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, the Canadian Red Cross, CARE Canada, Development and Peace, Oxfam Canada, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada.

To be counted for the purposes of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, donations from individual Canadians may not exceed $100,000 per individual and must be:
• Monetary in nature;
• Made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the Syria crisis;
• Specifically earmarked for response to the Syria crisis;
• Made by February 29, 2016;
• Used by the registered charity receiving the donation in support of the humanitarian response to the impact of the Syria crisis; and
• Declared by the registered charity receiving the donation to Global Affairs Canada.

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