Syrian Pediatrician and Family Find New Life in Edmonton

Dr. Ahmed Hamoud Ali, along with his wife and three children, immigrated to Edmonton from Syria in 2011, finally finding a permanent home for his family. Initially relocating to Kuwait and then Toronto in search of stability and opportunity, family emergencies forced him back to Syria temporarily.

Undeterred and with the support of a brother-in-law already in Edmonton, he journeyed to Canada for the second time.

Shortly after getting settled in Alberta, Ahmed began progressing through the steps of getting licensed as a doctor in Canada. The process took three full years and thousands of dollars.

At one point in his journey, Ahmed needed both positive encouragement and financial support. He found both at Immigrant Access Fund.

After receiving an IAF loan for the assessment portion of his licensure process, Ahmed was able to persevere and is now a licensed pediatrician, fully employed in Edmonton and supporting his community. Dr. Ali along with his family are now Canadian citizens and enjoy the beauty and stability of Canada. He sees his new country as full of opportunities for himself and his children.

He says, “My advice to all new immigrants who need financial support, knock on IAF’s door.”


Every year, IAF helps hundreds of immigrants by providing loans to help them pay for the licensing or training they need to work in their field in Canada. Now more than ever Canada’s newcomers need our help. Please consider a donation to IAF today.