Several community organizations are saying that people who sponsored large numbers of Syrian refugees in Quebec do not have the full means to care for them.
Many refugees, who were brought over to Canada following the on-going civil war in Syria, were mostly sponsored by private citizens.
The responsibility of those sponsors is to provide financial aid and ensure the social well-bring of these refugees for a 12 month period.
Now, the Quebec government are looking at what`s known as the “13th month“.
This is the period in which privately sponsored refugees become responsible for their own financial well-being after being in the province for over a year.
The troubling cases that the government and community organizations are now finding is that many families do not have enough money to pay for rent, buy furniture or even food.
Many schools who house the children of these families are reporting that many of them come to school with nothing to eat.
According to the federal government, this was not meant to be the case.
After living in the province for more than a year, families are able to apply for welfare and other benefits.
In total, Quebec has welcomed more than 5,000 refugees since the end of 2015.
This number is included in the pledge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made during his election campaign to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees.