Mayor’s Public Forum on the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Efforts

In response to the current Syrian refugee crisis, Mayor Jim Watson will host a public forum to bring together residents and community groups who wish to help, and provide them with the knowledge and contacts that will make their involvement possible.

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Note: The University of Ottawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program will host a legal clinic at City Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. following the forum.

Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Jean Pigott Place

The forum is open to all City of Ottawa residents. No registration is necessary, but space is limited.

Schedule of Events

Information Fair: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Community organizations involved with the sponsorship and settlement of refugees will be available to provide information and answer questions about the services they provide.

Panel Presentations and Question & Answer Period: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Experts in refugee resettlement and representatives from frontline organizations serving refugees will give short presentations about how residents and community groups can assist in resettlement efforts. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Legal Clinic – "Sponsoring Refugees": 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the University of Ottawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, the session will provide information about the legal process for sponsoring a refugee.

For more information about the forum, please contact 3-1-1.