Prepared for Panashe | Delivered July 31, 2019
Toronto Immigration Charities
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To vet charity organizations in Toronto that focus on immigration in order to make a decision regarding potential donations.
Toronto has approximately
and organizations that work within the immigration space. A few examples are Access Alliance, Lifeline Syria, Catholic Crosscultural Services, and Christie Refugee Welcome Center.
, founded in 1989, provides health services and community programs to immigrants, refugees, and thier communities.
The organization is
by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation and is a United Way member agency.
primary health care team
provides culturally sensitive health care and education to disadvantaged immigrants and refugees.
include peer-to-peer outreach, prenatal support, LGBTQ+ programs, youth programs, and financial literacy programs focusing on immigrants and refugees.
help immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Toronto and offers resources for job hunting, language services, and housing.
Access Alliance has
active clients and has served over
on-demand interpreting calls.
of the organization's revenue was spend on service delivery.
was founded in 2015 as a result of the growing Syrian refugee crisis in Canada.
in the GTA to help support Syrian families during their first year in the country.
They also work with
pro bono lawyers
to help process refugee applications accurately.
Donations to LifeLine Syria are managed and distributed by the
Catholic Crosscultural Services
was founded in 1954 to help newcomers to Toronto despite "race, religion, age, country of origin, immigration status or political affiliation."
settlement services, English classes, employment support, women support, and refugee sponsorship training.
In 2018, CCS served over
of the organization's income was spent on service delivery including program allocations and program expenses.
Christie Refugee Welcome Center
The CRWC offers emergency shelter and settlement services to refugees from all ethnicities.
It was founded in 1989 under the umbrella of World Vision Canada.
runs in cooperation with the City of Toronto. It is a 76 bed unit supporting more than 25 families daily.
was developed in 2006 and works to help refugees as they transition from the shelter program into their own homes.
In 2018, the organization had over
outreach sessions, served over
refugees in the shelter, and helped
transition into permanent housing.
According to the
2017 annual report
, CRWC spent 12% of its revenue on client care and another 8% on facility upkeep.