Premiere Kathleen Wynne is announcing on Saturday that the Ontario government is pledging $10.5-million to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
Wynne says her government will be aiming to resettle 10,000 refugees by the end of 2016, but says they will need help from the Federal government to make it happen, as the province doesn’t have the authority to sponsor the refugees.
A statement from the province says, “Ontario is providing $8.5 million over two and a half years to support refugees, increase the number of refugees coming to Ontario, and help settle and integrate them once they arrive.”
The province will also be providing $2 million towards immediate relief efforts on the grounds through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN World Food Programme.
Refugee’s have been fleeing Syrian since civil war broke in 2011. The migrant crisis gained international attention after a photo of a lifeless Syrian child on a Turkish Beach circulated through the media and online.
Wynne is also reiterating call to the federal government to bring 5,000 refugees to Canada by the end of 2015, and reaffirmed Ontario’s commitment to resettle and integrate 2,500 of those refugees.