Close-out report - Syrian Refugees Horizontal Initiative

Horizontal initiative close-out report

Name of horizontal initiative:

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees by February 29, 2016, and 25,000 (in total) government-supported Syrian refugees by December 31, 2016 (Syrian refugee initiative)

Start date: November 2015

End date: March 2019

Lead department: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Number of times renewed: None

Partner departments:

In 2018–19, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) was the only other federal partner that received funding for the remaining activities related to this initiative.

In previous years (2015–16 to 2017–18), federal departments involved in the activities included:

Other departments involved in the initiative funded through existing programs:

Other non-federal partner:

Expenditures

Total federal funding from start to end date (authorities and actual)
Themes and internal services Authorities (according to the TB submission) Actual spending Variance(s)
Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis $933,942,617 $709,532,326 $224,410,291
Internal services $25,966,360 $13,632,342 $12,334,018
Totals $959,908,977 $723,164,668 $236,744,309

Results

Performance indicators and trend date for shared outcome

Performance indicators

Outcome 1: Syrian refugees are granted protection in Canada and become permanent residents

I 1.1 – Number of Syrian refugees who arrive in Canada as permanent residents within the stated timelines

Trend data

A total of 39,650 Syrian refugees arrived between November 4, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

Outcome 2: Syrian refugees benefit from Canada’s social, health and economic systems and integrate into Canadian society

Trend data

A high percentage of adult Syrian refugees have accessed at least one settlement service since arriving. The target of 80% was surpassed every year since 2015–16, as indicated below:

I 2.2

In the June 2019 Syria Outcomes Report, results from the 2018 Newcomers Survey indicate that 86% of Syrians surveyed reported having a doctor or health-care provider.

I 2.3

In the June 2019 Syria Outcomes Report, results from the 2018 Newcomers Survey indicate that almost 60% of respondents, reported working and another 23% reported that they were looking for work.

I 2.4

The 2018 Newcomers Survey results indicate that 90% of Syrians respondents reported having a strong sense of belonging to Canada.

I 2.5

It is still quite early for Syrian refugees to meet the residency requirements to be able to apply for and obtain citizenship.

Outcome 3: Canada upholds its international humanitarian reputation by demonstrating to the world that it has a shared responsibility to help people who are displaced and persecuted.

I 3.1 - Proportion of worldwide identified resettled Syrian refugees assisted by Canada

Trend data

I 3.1 – Proportion of worldwide identified resettled Syrian refugees assisted by Canada

Outcome 4: The health, safety and security of Canadians are protected through rigorous screening of refugees overseas and upon arrival

Trend data

Brief explanation of performance:

Outcome 1: Syrian refugees are granted protection in Canada and become permanent residents

Between November 4, 2015 and December 31, 2016, a total of 39,650 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada as resettled refugees. All departments and other organizations worked jointly to make it possible, such as GAC, CBSA and TC. Syrian refugees have been located in communities where settlement supports are in place, with consideration given to whether they have family members in Canada, as well as the availability of schools and housing. Privately sponsored refugees have settled in communities where their sponsors reside. Syrian refugees are accessing settlement services, including language training classes and employment-related services.

Outcome 2: Syrian refugees benefit from Canada’s social, health and economic systems and integrate into Canadian society

I 2.1 - Percentage of adult Syrian refugees who accessed settlement services

I 2.2 - Percentage of Syrian refugees who have access to medical care

I 2.3 - Percentage of Syrian refugees who are employed

I 2.4 - Percentage of Syrian refugees who have a strong sense of belonging

I 2.5 - Percentage of Syrians who obtained Canadian citizenship

Outcome 3: Canada upholds its international humanitarian reputation by demonstrating to the world that it has a shared responsibility to help people who are displaced and persecuted.

Canada continues to be recognized as a world leader in newcomer settlement and integration and has intensified engagement with international communities to share and learn best practices. Data on the UNHCR website have shown that Canada leads the world in accepting refugees for permanent resettlement. Canada has accepted 23% of worldwide identified resettled Syrian refugees from 2016 to 2019. The United States was second at 17%, followed by the United Kingdom at 14%.

Outcome 4: The health, safety and security of Canadians are protected through rigorous screening of refugees overseas and upon arrival

I 4.1 - Percentage of Syrian refugee applicants found to be inadmissible (refusal rates)

I 4.2 - Number of refugees in total removed from Canada due to identification of post-arrival inadmissibility causes (related to investigations, hearings, detentions, removals) – 9,589.

Programs receiving ongoing funding: None

Plan (including timeline) for evaluation and/or audit: N/A

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