Gateway Gazette

Canada Announces Matching Fund in Response to the Conflict in Syria

The Government of Canada announced today the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

The Government will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective immediately and until December 31, 2015.

The Fund will help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected people in the region, as well as in official development assistance-eligible transit countries for refugees. The Government’s contribution to this fund will provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations and will meet humanitarian needs such as shelter, food, health and water, as well as protection and emergency education.

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 between September 12 and December 31, 2015;
  • 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 DFATD.

Since January 2012, Canada has committed $503.5 million in international humanitarian assistance funding in response to the Syria crisis.

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