Government creates emergency relief fund to aid Syrian crisis victims

International Development Minister Christian Paradis announced a Syrian emergency relief fund today that will match donations from Canadians up to $100 million.

The fund will assist conflict-affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Paradis told reporters the fund will be used to provide basic needs such as food, clothing and healthcare.

He said the government will match funds donated to registered Canadian charities, adding that this is “an opportunity to put a vehicle where Canadians will be able to channel their generosity.”