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Omicron Info

Because of the increased risk from Omicron, the Province of Ontario has put some new rules in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. The new rules started yesterday. Here is a list of the rules that may impact you and your family: 

  • In Ontario, restaurants, gyms, shops and other public indoor spaces can only let in 50% of the total number of people they can serve 
  • As of today, these limits do NOT apply to religious gatherings 
  • In restaurants, only 10 people can sit together at a table 
  • You can only meet with a maximum of 10 people inside 
  • You can only meet with a maximum of 25 people outside 

For more information, please view these fact sheets about Omicron:

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How You can Help Refugees Settle in Waterloo Region

Yes, we have been welcoming our newest neighbours even during the pandemic. We are greatly appreciative to those who have reached out to us via telephone, email and social media. While we hope that we haven’t missed any offers of support, here are different ways you can help Reception House as we continue to welcome refugees in Waterloo Region.

Donation of in-kind items

If you’d like to donate in-kind items like household items, we ask that you re-direct these items to Thrift on Kent or ReStore Habitat For Humanity Waterloo Region. We simply don’t have the space and resources for your kind generosity.  

Volunteer with Reception House

If you would like to volunteer, please complete our volunteer form below and we will be in touch. When you apply to volunteer, please add any information we should know to the last section.

Financial Donations

If you’re able to, a financial donation will help us provide support to newcomers, such as mobility aids, medical care that is not covered by OHIP and dental work.

Are you a landlord?

If you are a landlord and can assist us, please visit Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership and complete the form on Step 2.

Are you a Family Doctor?

If you’re a family doctor, please visit Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership portal and complete the form on Step 3.

Our Story

For the last 30 years, Reception House Waterloo Region has supported hundreds of refugees each year from all over the world.

Reception House Waterloo Region is a community-based organization that provides a warm welcome to government-assisted refugees.

Our programs and services assist refugees throughout their settlement & integration process, enabling them to lead healthy and productive lives in their new community.

We start by providing the basics: temporary residence, orientations to life in Canada and down the line, we empower those we serve to find meaningful employment, improve their language skills and heal from trauma and loss.

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