We’re getting a first look at the numbers of refugees coming to BC, and where exactly they’ll be placed.
Data obtained by CKNW shows where the first 204 Syrian refugees will arrive on the West Coast.
New Westminster and Vancouver lead the way with 52 privately-sponsored refugees expected to arrive in each city.
Burnaby is next with 24 privately-sponsored refugees.
Fourteen will be coming on the “Blended Visa office-referred” program, which grants six months of income support from the feds.
And a single government-assisted refugee will come to Surrey and receive a year’s worth of income support.
Elsewhere in Canada, Montreal is privately-sponsoring 2,400 refugees, which is the most of any city in Canada.
Toronto is second with just under 1,500.
Earlier this week, the Immigrant Services Society, who is spearheading the refugee settlement process said BC should expect to see about 400 refugees by year’s end.
200 GARs and 200 PSR Syrians by Dec 31. No details yet on where PSRs will settle in BC #issofbc
— Chris Friesen (@chrisfriesen4) November 25, 2015
A further 1,500 are slated to arrive some time between January and the end of February.
It’s still unclear when the first refugees will arrive