Metro Morning

City of Sanctuary: How ready are we?

As Toronto prepares to welcome its share of the 25,000 refugees the Canadian government has committed to accepting, Metro Morning will profile the people who are working hard to make sure the city is prepared.

Metro Morning examines Toronto's preparations to welcome Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees cross a cornfield on their way to Europe. Many will eventually come to Toronto. Is the city ready? (Reuters)

Syrians have already started arriving in Toronto, and thousands more are expected in this city before the end of the year.

But can Toronto handle it?  Will there be enough housing? Can our healthcare system take on that many people at once? Are there enough interpreters? Are schools prepared to take in Syrian children? What about jobs? 

As Toronto prepares to welcome its share of the 25,000 refugees the Canadian government has committed to accepting, Metro Morning will profile the people who are working hard to make sure the city is prepared.

Check back throughout the week to see more stories of the migration that will undoubtedly change the city forever.


Toronto nowhere near ready for refugees

A judge and former refugee doesn't see how Toronto will be ready in time for accept thousands of Syrians.


Canada should continue refugee resettlement despite Paris attacks

Ratna Omidvar of Lifeline Syria wants to continue with plan to resettle 25,000 Syrians, despite Paris attacks. She says, "fear can paralyze." 


Toronto university students act as translators, welcome committee for Syrian refugees

As many as 400 Arabic-speaking students have volunteered to meet Syrian families as they arrive at Pearson Airport and translate for them as they start their lives in Toronto.


After migration, many Syrians coming to Toronto face psychological challenges

Many of the refugees who arrive here will have seen or experienced disturbing events. And the most significant psychological challenges aren't based on what has happened, but what lies ahead. Find out how one clinic plans to help.


From Aleppo to Toronto, Syrian family arrives in Canada safe but penniless

Meet a Syrian family that left their city of Aleppo with few possessions but the resolve to start a new life in Canada, even if it means struggling financially.


What you need to know to help Syrian refugees settle in Toronto

A how-to guide for those who want to get involved in the effort to help Syrian refugees