Canada Announces CAD26m Grant to Support Jordan Refugee Hosting Efforts

تم نشره في Mon 31 October / Oct 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston during his visit to refugee centres in Amman, Jordan.

AMMAN — Canada's Ambassador to Jordan Peter MacDougall announced that his country will provide a grant of CAD19.6 million to support municipalities most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis and, set up training institutes and solid waste stations, as well as an additional CAD6.6 million grant to contribute to creating jobs and boost women empowerment and integration in the labour market.

On topic, Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, on Sunday, praised the municipalities' “important” role in maintaining social cohesion and ensuring tolerance towards refugees and commended Jordan's efforts to achieve democratic reform in the municipal sector.

Johnston made his remarks during a meeting in the northern governorate of Jerash, with Minister of Interior, Municipalities, Water and Mayors of Jerash and Sahab, to discuss challenges both municipalities face due to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Johnston said Canada is aware of the economic and social challenges and pressures Jordan is enduring as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis, voicing Canada's support to the Kingdom to address these challenges.

Minister of Interior, Salamah Hammad, said Jordan has only received 35 per cent of the cost of hosting Syrian refugees, calling on the world to help the Kingdom to shoulder burdens arising from the refugee crisis.

He also commended Canada's support to Jordan to grapple with the burden of the Syrian crisis.

Minister of Municipal Affairs Walid Masri gave a briefing on problems the Kingdom's municipalities are facing due to the Syrian refugee crisis, particularly in the sectors of transport, water, environment and employment.