It looks like B.C. will get far fewer Syrian refugees than originally anticipated.
Chris Friesen with the Immigrant Services Society of BC says in a tweet that BC will welcome only 400 government sponsored Syrian refugees by the December 31st deadline.
An additional 1500 refugees will resettle in BC between January and February of 2016.
That’s a total of 1900.
The provincial government has said BC could welcome up to 3500 refugees total.
Many will be privately sponsored.
The refugees destined for British Columbia are among about 25,000 displaced Syrians expected to settle in Canada by the end of February.
The first group will largely be made up of privately sponsored refugees.
Yesterday, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum announced the plan for accepting the refugees, saying the delay was to ensure that all communities are more prepared to ensure re-settlement goes as smoothly as possible.