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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

First Session, Forty-second Parliament, 2015-16

Chair: The Honourable JIM MUNSON

Monday, May 30, 2016

Issue No. 6

Fourth meeting:

Study on steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations


Monday, May 30, 2016

COSTI Immigrant Services:

Mario J. Calla, Executive Director.

Lifeline Syria:

Malaz Sebai, Board Director.

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants:

Alexander Vadala, Senior Coordinator, Policy & Research.

Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto:

Muhammad Rehan, General Manager;

Mohammad Firaaz Azeez, Special Projects Manager.

Arab Community Centre of Toronto:

Zena Al Hamdan, Programs Manager.

As an individual:

Dr. Meb Rashid, Medical Director, Crossroads Clinic, Women's College Hospital and Assistant Professor, DFCM, University of Toronto.

Syrian Canadian Foundation:

Bayan Khatib, Board Member and Head of the Social Committee.

As individuals:

Annette Wilde, refugee sponsor;

Witness 3;

Witness 4;

Witness 5;

Witness 6.


The Honourable Jim Munson, Chair

The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

        Andreychuk, *Carignan, P.C. (or Martin), Frum, *Harder, P.C. (or Bellemare), Hubley, Martin, Nancy Ruth, Ngo, Omidvar

*Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Change in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 12-5, membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Cordy (May 30, 2016).