As Canada prepares to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, the B.C. government says rapid response teams will be ready to jump into action.
We know the first wave will be mostly privately sponsored, but we still don’t know when they will arrive and where exactly they will live.
Nonetheless, BC’s Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says five refugee response teams will be on the ground in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, along with Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and the Cariboo, once they do arrive.
“There will be opportunities for organizations to come together, including churches, service providers, others, in order to have a rapid response team on the ground, across the province of British Columbia.”
In addition, 30 more interpreters will be hired and trained by January.