Afghan Initiative

Canada is committed to welcoming 40,000 refugees and vulnerable Afghans to Canada. In Peel, the regional government and Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) have been convening a resettlement support working group to focus on coordination of supports and discuss important settlement needs such as housing, children’s vaccination, staff training, etc for the Afghan refugees. For more information, please contact: Shriya Seksaria at [email protected].



The federal government has developed several special programs and measures to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. There are 34 Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) collaborating to support Afghan resettlement across the country.

In Peel region, Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services, with the support of settlement agencies, is acting as a key lead for refugee resettlement assistance. Malton Neighbourhood Services is providing assistance to all Government Assisted Refugees and Privately Sponsored Refugees at the Toronto Pearson Airport.

If you are a newcomer, and want to learn further about different supports available in Peel region, visit


If you are a landlord or property manager and are interested in providing affordable and safe housing, please contact: Mohammad Sharafaldeen at [email protected].

In March 2022, the Afghan Refugee Resettlement National Steering Committee held an event on housing and refugee resettlement to celebrate the contributions housing providers and other organizations make towards the lives of Afghan newcomers.



To volunteer or make in-kind contributions and non-financial donations, visit

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services is accepting diapers and baby wipes, baby formula, baby strollers and gift cards (e.g. for grocery stores or pharmacies). Contact Abdu Karim Jalili at [email protected].


Funds donated to community agencies assisting refugee resettlement will cover costs associated with interpretation, housing and employment, food and clothing for Afghans and other refugees.

Contact: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services and Afghan Women’s Organization

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