Artscape has a 30-year history of innovation in leveraging the power of art and culture to support artists and catalyze community change, growth and transformation. The Sidra Project continues this legacy of experimentation about the role of art in making change on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. Artscape is honoured to partner with the United Nations in this initiative inspired by the World Economic Forum. Never in Artscape’s experience have so many partners come together more quickly or with such enthusiasm than for The Sidra Project. We look forward to sharing the stories and impact of the project.



United Nations Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality. Real-world change. We use the power of immersive storytelling to create positive social change. We shed light on the lives of everyday people struggling to survive today’s gravest humanitarian crises. Because we believe that immersive storytelling leads to empathy – and empathy leads to action.






RBC Royal Bank

RBC has an ongoing commitment to help newcomers settle in Canada and has been supporting the settlement process for decades. RBC and its employees take pride in providing assistance and support that builds a strong foundation for new Canadians and ultimately contributes to the rich fabric and prosperity of our country. This is reflective of the values and enduring commitment Canada has shown towards new immigrants over the years. In addition to acting as a founding partner of this program, RBC has donated  $2.5 million to support refugees as well as countless volunteer hours by RBC staff. We are proud of our commitment to helping refugees settle in Canada and wish to thank our partners for their efforts as well as our employees who have stepped forward, volunteering in their communities to make Syrian refugees feel welcome, supported and included.




Inspirit Foundation

The Inspirit Foundation seeks to create a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where differences are valued and everyone has equal opportunity to thrive socially and economically.
We believe in the transformative power of media and arts for change. Our primary areas of work are: granting, supporting young change makers, cross-sector collaboration, convening and impact investing.





For over a decade, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s toughest challenges. CivicAction builds partnerships and takes action through campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. To find out more visit our website or follow us on Twitter at @CivicActionGTHA.  CivicAction is a member of the Sidra Project Steering Committee.


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Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Powered by a passionate, committed national network, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship delivers programs and special projects that inspire Canadians to be inclusive, create opportunities to connect, and encourage active citizenship. From September 19 to 21 the ICC is presenting 6 Degrees, the global forum on inclusion and citizenship. The Sidra Project will be showcased at 6 Degrees 2016. Find out more: The ICC is a national charity co-founded in 2006 by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.


COSTI Immigrant Services

COSTI Immigrant Services is a social benefit organization that provides immigrants and refugees with knowledge, access and skills that accelerate their ability to engage broadly and deeply in all aspects of Canadian society. COSTI achieves this by providing newcomers with services for English language acquisition, entry into labour market and optimizing their success, social and economic integration and a variety of programs intended to help newcomers prosper and in turn become contributing members of our society. COSTI’s role with the Sidra Project is to provide opportunities to Canadians to make a difference in the lives of refugees by contributing in a variety of ways that support the protection of refugees and their integration into our society.



The DMZ at Ryerson University is the top-ranked university-based incubator in North America, fuelling the growth of emerging tech startups. In five years, it has grown more than 250 companies that have raised $184 million and created more than 2,360 jobs. The DMZ serves as the technical partner on the project, providing the technology infrastructure and software development support for the project’s website.




Dubarah is a nonprofit organization which aims to understand the problems and needs of Syrian refugees to create the best solutions for them. The network operates in 15 countries with over 20,000 volunteers working to support refugees at any necessity and level. With the Sidra Project, we are offering a list of solutions that help Syrian refugees in Canada. Also, we’ll support the volunteering side by offering this opportunity to Syrian volunteers to help the audience understand the problems.



Refugee 613

Refugee 613 is a coalition of citizens, settlement agencies, sponsorship groups and community partners in Ottawa working to provide refugees with the building blocks of successful integration: a warm welcome and access to key services, opportunities and support. As a non-partisan, grassroots effort, we build on settlement services by providing our partners and the public with key information, connection and inspiration. The Sidra Project offers us an important tool to help those active in refugee resettlement reaffirm the importance and value of the work they’re doing, while reaching those not yet engaged and challenging them to define how they can contribute.



Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing and showcasing the art of documentary and facilitating opportunities for documentary filmmakers. North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, each spring Hot Docs screens an impressive slate of over 200 outstanding films for Toronto audiences and industry delegates from around the world. Year round, Hot Docs owns and operates the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark movie theatre in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and one of the world’s first documentary focused cinemas.


Toronto Foundation

The Sidra Project offers a unique and powerful way to understand the refugee experience. This is essential as Toronto Foundation works to engage landlords and others in supporting the housing needs of government-assisted Syrian refugees through Community Foundations of Canada’s Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees. The Foundation and its partners at the City of Toronto, COSTI and Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services are making it possible for families to re-establish their lives here in Toronto with a housing supplement over two years.


Lifeline Syria

Lifeline Syria recruits, trains and assists sponsor groups as they welcome and support 1,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada as permanent immigrants to resettle in the GTA over the next two years.



NATIONAL Public Relations

NATIONAL Public Relations connects clients to the people who matter most, delivering the right message, at the right time. For 40 years, NATIONAL has been at the centre of issues and industries that matter, leading change for today and tomorrow and is Canada’s leading public relations firm, servicing clients across a wide range of sectors, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Saint John, Halifax and St. John’s. NATIONAL is proud to work with The Sidra Project to help build interest and support for successful refugee resettlement in Canada, by sharing the lived experiences of newcomers to our country.


U.S. Consulate General Toronto

On September 20, President Obama will co-host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly with Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and the UN Secretary General. With 20 million refugees around the world, a comprehensive, collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever. The U.S. Mission to Canada is supporting the Sidra Project film because it provides a platform to inform the public about the lives of refugees and engage audiences on how they can assist with the resettlement process, in Canada, the United States and around the world. The U.S. Mission to Canada appreciates the efforts undertaken by American filmmaker Gabo Arora and his team to enhance understanding of this crisis to the broader international community.



National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s home for the performing arts. We are proud to partner with the SIDRA project to inspire compassion through the arts. The NAC believes that the arts inspire, and can create a space for understanding. The NAC works with artists and arts organizations across the country to build a national stage for the performing arts. The NAC presents and produces more than 1,300 performances a year in the national capital region and across the country. The NAC is Canada’s the only bilingual, multi-disciplinary performing arts centre and one of the largest in the world.




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