Bruce Power and the United Way of Bruce-Grey are teaming up to create a fund to support the expected influx of Syrian refugees and other newcomers to the region.

Bruce Power will donate $50,000 to kick-start the fund and the United Way of Bruce-Grey will administer it and is contributing $10,000 of in-kind support to the initiative.

“We applaud the many local initiatives to help bring families to the area in order to give them a better life,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “This new fund is Bruce Power’s way of offering assistance to the grassroots campaigns already underway in so many caring communities throughout the area.”

Bruce and Grey Counties are expecting a significant influx of newcomers according to Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director of the United Way of Bruce-Grey.

“This new targeted fund will support welcoming initiatives for newcomers both to Bruce-Grey and those new to Canada,” Dobbyn said. “We need to ensure the resources and community agencies are in place to support these new residents.”

Millions of Syrians have been displaced due to conflict in their home country and the Government of Canada is working with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees. Approximately 1,000 refugees have arrived in the country since early November.