Premier Kathleen Wynne admits there have been “challenges,” but confirmed on Monday that Ontario is on track to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.
The federal government had set a goal of receiving 25,000 refugees by the end of this month, with about two-thirds expected to be government-assisted.
Since December 10th, roughly 7,000 Syrian refugees have already settled in Ontario and Wynne announced on Monday details of some of the funding committed to helping them.
COSTI Immigrant Services is being given $283,000 to deliver workshops and orientation resources to refugees.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is also receiving about $343,000 for trauma and mental-health training for front-line workers as well as a public education campaign.
That funding is part of the $8.5 million Ontario promised over 2 1/2 years to support refugees.
Wynne says the refugee resettlement has “been a remarkable success story,” though she acknowledged there have been “some timing issues.”
The influx of Syrian refugee arrivals saw agencies in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa recently request a break in the flow to hire extra staff and find permanent homes for the refugees that have already arrived.