Alberta government to contribute up to $250,000 to Syrian refugee relief

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. File, Global News

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is pledging up to $250,000 to support Syrian refugee relief efforts.

In a media release Tuesday, the province said it will contribute $75,000 to the Canadian Red Cross and match up to another $75,000 in donations made by Albertans to the organization.

Premier Rachel Notley said her government will also contribute an additional $100,000 to Alberta-based settlement agencies.

She said as Canada’s response to the refugee crisis becomes clear, Alberta will do more to help these families successfully settle into life in the province.

“Our contributions on behalf of all Albertans will help meet the most critical needs of those forced to escape their own homeland and encourage Albertans to donate by matching their donations,” Notley said in a statement.

British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba have also pledged money to help Syrian refugees and Premier Brad Wall has said his government will support more refugees in Saskatchewan.

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For more information on the relief efforts, visit the Canadian Red Cross online.

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