Canada joins conference to raise funds for Syrian refugees

The Canadian government is participating in a 70-nation conference in London Thursday, to discuss job creation and education for millions of Syrian refugees who have been driven out of their country by war.

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The conference is aiming to raise approximately $12.5 billion in Canadian dollars for humanitarian aid.

Leaders are also expected to discuss political solutions to help stem the tide of refugees flowing out of Syria, where civil war and the Islamic State have forced many to flee.

Canada is represented at the conference by Marie-Claude Bibeau, the minister of international development.

It's the fourth time leaders have gathered for the conference, but delegates are hoping for better results this time.

Last year, attending countries promised $9.6 billion in aid, but only about 43 per cent of those funds were ever released.



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