Timmins has raised over $75,000 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. $30,000 comes from the community and $15,000 comes from the city. It was also announced last night that the Richelieu Club is going to donate an additional $30,000 to help with costs, and potentially sponsor a second family. President Al Poulin says everyone pitched in to help the club come up with the funds. He says 50 per cent was raised by individual members, and the club is going to match those donations for the total number.
Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator, Tom Baby, says now that the money is in, the city will work with the federal government to find a family. He says the feds know Timmins is going to go through with the sponsorship process. Once the city has been matched with a family, the documents and settlement plan will be submitted. A family could be in Timmins as early as February, but that date could change as the feds and the city go through the process.