Canada remains on track to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February but now a number of groups are asking the government to pause the influx.
Four cities have now asked for a temporary reprieve as the resettlement programs in Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Ottawa need more time to handle the new arrivals.
Some of the reasons for the request include the lack of available temporary and permanent housing.
Immigration minister John McCallum says the request comes from the people handling the resettlement programs not the cities themselves.
He says they need some time to hire more people to help settle the refugees but other cities can pick up the slack and they’ll be diverted to places like Quebec.
The groups in those 4 cities say the pause isn’t irregular and they need time to serve the refugees better.