Whereas the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean has captured the attention of people across Canada and around the world, Regional Council request:
1) The Mayor to write a letter to the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, assuring that Halifax will provide a welcoming environment for refugees, and calling on the Government of Canada to act urgently in response to the unfolding Syrian refugee crisis;
2) The Mayor to write a letter to the Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration, supporting the provincial government’s call to take in more refugees, and assuring that Halifax will provide a welcoming environment for refugees; and
3) A staff report outlining what additional measures the municipality may take, within the municipal mandate, which would further assist in the resettlement process, including assistance to community partners involved in refugee settlement, should Halifax receive a sudden and significant number of refugees.
Moved by Mayor Savage. Passed unanimously at Halifax Regional Council September 8, 2015