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Category: Social Justice


Downtown clinic for refugees at full capacity for past year, waitlist stretched to nearly 800

The Ottawa Newcomer Clinic has been at capacity since American troops pulled out of Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, triggering nearly 700,000 Afghans to flee the country and seek refuge elsewhere. The number of clients the clinic saw increased five-fold over August and September last year and they now have a waitlist of nearly 800 people waiting for an initial medical assessment.