The first group of Syrian refugees are due to set foot on Canadian soil tomorrow with 150 expected to arrive at Pearson International Airport.
Temporary processing centres have been set up at both Pearson and Trudeau International airport in Montreal to handle the influx, with some 10,000 set to arrive before the end of the year, 4,000 of which will settle here in Ontario.
The newcomers are expected to be processed in about three hours, during this time they will meet with a border services agent, receive a medical examination, a federal health card, a social insurance number, winter clothes and information on working in Canada.
They will leave the airport as permanent residents of Canada and be taken to their sponsor families, or to temporary housing provided by the government.
In total, 25,000 Syrian Refugees will arrive in Canada by the end of February.
Meanwhile, a poll conducted by Forum Research shows that support for Justin Trudeau’s plan to bring refugees to the country has dropped somewhat since the Liberal Government took office.
Support for the plan, which once stood at 65% nationally, now stands at 48%.
44% say the oppose the plan, with 8% say they have no opinion.
Commenting on the poll findings, Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff says “Canadians are welcoming people, but the controversy that has arisen over the timing of the refugee arrivals, and the security screening they will go through, has had the effect of eroding some of that welcome.”