The Archdiocese of Toronto will look after 100 refugee families from Syria and Iraq.
The archdiocese is asking parishioners and 225 Catholic churches to help raise $3 million (£1.5 million) as part of the Project Hope campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to bring in 100 refugee families to Canada within the next year.
Canada’s Office for Refugees has resettled 2,519 refugees. According to archdiocesan statistics, in 2015 the Office for Refugees submitted resettlement requests for 72 Syrians.
Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, said: “When a family feels their only hope is to flee their homeland to join hundreds on small, drifting boats; sliding a child beneath razor wire or packing into cargo trucks, we should not only be disturbed but also ashamed.”
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