Every family
deserves a safe home.

Join us in working on providing housing, financial assistance, and the necessary resources to welcome and support a new family to Portage la Prairie.

Who are We?

We have two families coming

We are thrilled to announce that we have been matched with two families from Syria.
We look forward to welcoming the families to our communities and showing them warm Manitoba hospitality.

Press Release

Who we are & our goals

Portage & Area Refugee Coalition is thrilled to announce that we have been matched with two families from Syria. The Coalition is sponsoring the families through the Canadian Government blended program, in which the government and the Coalition share sponsorship costs.

The two couples have three children each, ranging in ages from 4 to 15 years old. Males ages 41, 39, 15, 12, 10, & 4; females ages 35, 33, & 11 The families come from Syria and are currently in a refugee camp in Lebanon, where they have been for some time. The families have been carefully screened by the Canadian government including security and health screening. The dates of their arrivals are unknown at this time. Upon arrival in Canada, the families will become Permanent Residents of Canada.

We look forward to welcoming the families to our community and showing them warm Manitoba hospitality. We will be looking to people of the area to assist with all the needs that newcomers have - orientation to their community and province and culture, language practice, transportation, donations and most importantly love and friendship. Please contact us through this webpage or through any of the churches listed below, or through Settlement Services. More information on these needs will follow in the next few weeks and months.

Portage and Area Refugee Coalition is comprised of individual community members, and various community groups, including Trinity United Church, St. Mary's Anglican Church, Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, MacGregor United Church, Baker Hutterian Brethren and others. Other groups, such as MCC, have offered various forms of support, as well.

The next meeting is March 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the parlour of Trinity United Church and everyone is welcome. Enter through the lime green door on the south side.

Due to the hugely successful community response, the decision has been made to close the drop-off area, as volunteers are now transitioning into sorting and moving the donated items into the homes.

Online Donation

Your donation can go a long way to providing a safe residence for a refugee family. Online donations will go through Trinity United Church in Portage. Please be sure to select "Refugee Project" from the drop-down menu.



The Portage and District Refugee Coalition is comprised of caring members of our communities, including members of Trinity United Church, St. Mary's Anglican Church, Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, MacGregor United, Baker Hutterian Brethren and various community groups.
Absolutely! Meetings are open to the public; everyone is welcome. Join us.
We are looking at bringing two families to Portage la Prairie. We are new at this and want to start small and make sure we do this well. (very likely the families will be related or connected.)
We do not have an offical date yet - as of 11/10/2015 we are thinking within six months.
The families come from Syria, currently in Lebanon. The families have been carefully screened by the Canadian government; this includes security and health screening.

I want to help! Where can I donate?

Donations are now being accepted at the Newcomer’s Welcome Centre
(Portage Learning & Literacy Centre)
110 Saskatchewan Ave. West Portage la Prairie

Newcomer’s Welcome Centre

The Portage la Prairie Mall dropoff location is closed for now.
Thank you for all the donations.

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Links that might be of interest
and help provide more information regarding refugees

Government of Canada

Do you have questions about how to sponsor a refugee? For general information about sponsoring a refugee,

Canadian Council for Refugees

Seven Keys to Protecting and Welcoming Refugees and Newcomers: A vision for Canada

The refugee crisis:

9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask. A straightforward explanation of the very basics of the refugee crisis.

Why Canada should take in 20 times more refugees

In Canada, ‘thinking big’ often means thinking a little less small. Scott Gilmore on why the image of a drowned Syrian boy must shock us into action

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is a program designed to support the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors on a national level.

How Canada resettles refugees — after a lengthy process

Processing asylum seekers is complex work that requires background checks and establishing identity


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