The Liberal Government has announced that it is to extend the deadline to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to the country.
It had initially been indicated that that number would arrive on Canadian soil by December 31st, however according to Federal Health Minister Jane Philpot, the government will now bring 10,000 refugees to Canada by that date, with the additional 15,000 to be settled in the country by the end of February.
Philpot also confirmed that the group will be a mix of government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees, and that all medical and security screening will take place overseas.
Once the screening process is complete, the refugees will then be flown to Toronto and Montreal, primarily on chartered aircraft.
Priority for government refugees will be given to complete families, women at risk, members of sexual minorities and single men only if they are identified as members of an LGBT community or are travelling with a family while private sponsors have no restrictions on whom they can bring over.
Speaking at the announcement in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, John McCallum called it an important and happy day for Canada.
He also addressed the decision to extend the deadline by two months, saying that ”yes we want to bring them fast, but we also want to do it right”.