Refugee 613 is an agile and innovative communications hub that informs, connects and inspires people to welcome refugees and build strong communities.
Refugee 613 was founded in the midst of the global refugee crisis. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there were “a staggering 59.5 million displaced people in the world at the end of 2014, compared to 51.2 million a year earlier” – the biggest leap ever seen in a single year. If they formed a single country, it would be the world’s 24th largest.
Refugee 613 is Ottawa's city-wide response to coordinate efforts to help refugees and welcome them to the nation's capital. We are a hub of information for Ottawa citizens who want to sponsor, donate, volunteer and advocate.
Refugee 613 is guided by a large and diverse Stakeholder Committee, representing a wide cross-section of Ottawa agencies, institutions and individuals, including settlement, private sponsorship, school boards, municipal government, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Food Bank, refugee shelters, health agencies, lawyers, faith groups, community volunteers and many more. A sub-group of stakeholders serves on an Executive Committee. The Stakeholder Committee meets approximately six times a year to share information, identify trends and provide direction for project activities. Attendance at our Stakeholder meetings is open to anyone working with refugees in Ottawa.