List of Canadian cities where Syrian migrants will be resettled

A list of Canadian cities which will welcome Syrian refugees

By Staff The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – Approximately 15,000 of the 25,000 Syrian refugees who will arrive in Canada in the coming weeks are being resettled by the federal government.

Where they will go after arriving in Toronto or Montreal is linked to where there are organizations which can provide settlement services through contracts with the federal government.

Here is a list of destination communities provided by the Immigration Department:


St. John’s, N.L., Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, N.B.


Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres, Victoriaville, Drummondville, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Gatineau, Laval, Saint-Jerome, Joliette, Sainte-Hyacinthe, Brossard, Granby.


Windsor, Ottawa, London, Toronto, Kitchener, Hamilton


Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge.

British Columbia:

The Lower Mainland (No further details available).

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Concern about who Canada lets in as part of its commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees here by year’s end rose after one of the terrorists in last week’s attacks in Paris apparently had a fake Syrian passport that he used to enter Europe.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and other federal Conservatives have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend his plan.

No one wants to import terrorists, probably least of all the nascent Liberal government. So it is reasonable to wonder whether Canada is doing, or will do, enough to ensure that.

But what Canada is proposing is different from the situation imposed on Western European countries with 700,000 Syrians and others flooding their borders to escape both armed conflict and horrible economies in their homelands.

What’s been muddled ever since Alan Kurdi’s tiny body was photographed on a Turkish beach is that there are two distinct groups of people that Canada (and other countries) accept. There are refugees and asylum-seekers, two very different categories created by the 1951 United Nations’ Refugee Convention.

A refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

As of Nov. 3, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees had registered 4,287,293 Syrians who meet that definition.


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Syrian migrants: Diplomats and immigration officers told by Ottawa not to speak about airlift plan

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The timing of Canada’s crash program to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year keeps sliding, according to two officials familiar with aspects of the planning.

The original goal had been to begin the airlift by Thursday of this week, but as no charter aircraft have been booked yet, it would now be at least one more week before flights got underway, one of the officials said. When the flights reach their peak next month, about 1,000 refugees will be arriving in Canada every day.

The officials did not want to be identified because diplomats and immigration officers have been told by Ottawa not to speak about the matter, with all requests referred to the government.

“Unfortunately I have nothing to say to you at the moment,” Immigration Canada spokesman Jean-Bruno Villeneuve said in an email from Ottawa, adding that he was unable to confirm any details about the resettlement program.

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Kelowna, Kamloops ready for Syrian refugees, community sponsors say

Government-assisted refugees are selected by the UN’s refugee agency on the basis of vulnerability and may not have the same built-in supports in small towns that privately sponsored refugess would have, said Chris Friesen, settlement services director with the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

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Community groups in B.C. cities such as Kelowna and Kamloops say they are ready to take in Syrian newcomers, but the man in charge of settling the province’s government-assisted refugees says any push to send too many new arrivals outside Metro Vancouver could backfire.

There is already a Syrian family living in Kelowna and another in Summerland, said Marilyn Perry, chair of the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee, based out of Kelowna’s First United Church. The group is applying to sponsor a second family.

“Kelowna is a good spot because we have a mosque here, and 90 per cent of the people in Syria are Muslims,” Perry said. “We have good ESL here. The folks at the mosque, because their worship is in Arabic, they can provide us with translators and they’ve done that, and that’s been a good connection in many different ways.”

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Sixteen Syrian refugees were welcomed to Calgary on Monday by tearful family members they hadn’t seen in years, and a throng of smiling strangers who brought signs, warm winter clothing, teddy bears, toys, and candy to the airport.

After fleeing war-torn Syria, living in Lebanon for a year and three days, and spending countless hours on an airplane, Antoine Yousef, his wife, his wife’s sister, his 80-year-old mom, and his three-year-old twin daughters couldn’t stop smiling as they walked through the arrival gate at the Calgary International Airport on Monday afternoon.

Single men “identified as vulnerable due to membership in LGBT community” considered priority refugees eligible for government sponsorship

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“The assessment of whether a Syrian refugee is a member of the LGBTI community will be based in part on information provided by the refugee when he registered initially with the UNHCR,” Citizenship and Immigration spokeswoman Nancy Caron told The Huffington Post Canada.

Single men “identified as vulnerable due to membership in LGBTI community” are considered priority refugees eligible for government sponsorship.

 “Each decision is made on a case-by-case basis on the specific facts presented by each person,” she said.

Caron declined to share additional details about how officials will make their decision to “ensure program integrity.”