Although Timmins has yet to see any success from the refugee program, the same isn’t true for all northern cities. Elphase Izibose is a student refugee from Rwanda, and he has officially begun his classes at the University of Hearst. He’s enrolled in a social studies program, and his classes began in August. The school has waived all of his tuition fees.

Communications Manager for the school, Nancy Jacques says the school was fortunate enough to be able to welcome a refugee for this school year. She says others are involved in the Student Refugee Program across Ontario as well. The program has helped young refugees attend post-secondary school for over 35 years.

A local committee has formed to ensure Izibose’s well-being and to help with his transition into northern Ontario life.

(With files from: Rudy Kadlec)

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