St.Joseph's Island and North Channel Communities
Held a meeting on St. Joseph Island for the North Channel Communities at the end of the 2015. Recently, they have begun the sponsorship process as the communities involved have shown great support. They have requested a Syrian family and are awaiting confirmation.


Blind River
Began as a community sponsorship group in February 2016. With over 30 members, they have begun to fundraise and progress with sponsoring a refugee family. If you'd like to donate to the Blind River Sponsorship Group, please make all cheques payable to St. Saviour's Anglican Church-Refugee Fund.

If you would like to donate to any of these groups, please contact Sean Halliday ( for more information.

The Local Immigration Partnership has been working on a few things themselves ...

1. Check out the commericial aired on CTV November 30th-December 11th:

2. LIP is in the process of a capacity build which will inform city leaders about available services (housing, child care, education, etc.) required for refugees.

3. LIP is being updated regularly from the local MP and MPP offices in regards to advances in the refugee situation. Keep checking back for our most current information.
Another website has been developed in Sault Ste. Marie to specifically coordinate local efforts of sponsorship groups with interested community members. To visit, please go to:

The Federal Government is working on placing sponsored refugees across the country.
Here is a recent map of where they are going

If you would like more information on what the government is doing, check out the websites below: Government of Canada:
Milestones and Key Figures

Government of Ontario:
Syrian refugees: how you can help