Toronto Mayor John Tory wasn’t completely sure how many Syrian refugees will settle in the city, but would guess based on some quick math that it would be between 2,000 and 2,500.
“There was various mathematical calculations being done. … would guess based on that math, that we’d probably see somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2,000 to 2,500 coming to Toronto” Tory said.
He made the calculations after a phone call with the other big city mayors on Monday.
Immigration Minister John McCallum was on the call with the mayors and indicated refugees would begin arriving in early December.
Admittedly, Tory said he doesn’t have an idea on where the new arrivals will live, since there wasn’t much of a conversation about temporary housing upon the overseas arrivals.
Canada has promised to take 25,000 of the 4 million refugees estimated to be in Europe according to Worldvision.
Ottawa’s announcement on Tuesday of a formal plan was a project that began before the October election.