For the federal government, Tuesday will be a case of better late than never.
Two weeks after initially planned, Tuesday could be the day the number of Syrian refugees who have relocated to Canada hits 10,000.
The Trudeau Liberals said back in November that 10,000 Syrians would arrive in the country by December 31st, but later revised that to say they expected that number to arrive by the middle of January.
Roughly 8,000 Syrians have arrived in the country as of January 7th, about half of which are privately sponsored with the remainder being assisted entirely by the federal government or as part of a public-private sponsorship.
It’s likely the 10,000th Syrian will arrive on one of two flights bound for Toronto on Tuesday according to flight arrival data posted on the Immigration Department’s website, however, the department hasn’t confirmed that.
Immigration Minister John McCallum is holding to the federal government’s pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrians in Canada by the end of February plus another 10,000 government-assisted
Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.
Of the first 10,000 Syrians to arrive in Canada, 810 of them will call London home. As of the start of the New Year about 100 had moved to the Forest City. That number doesn’t include any refugees who were privately sponsored.