Canada is expected to welcome its 25,000th Syrian refugee this week.
If that happens, it would mean the Justin Trudeau government has met its revised deadline of accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.
Of the 25,000 refugees that will have arrived in Canada, about 17,000 will be government-sponsored, the rest came to the country through private sponsorship.
Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum has said the refugee operation will change once the 25,000 figure has been reached. While Syrian refugees will continue to arrive in Canada, it will be at a slower pace.
Earlier this month London City Council heard the city is on track to welcome 975 Syrian refugees to the city by the end of February.
London welcomed 452 Syrian government-assisted refugees between December 20th, 2015 and February 1st, 2016. Approximately 56 privately-sponsored Syrian refugees have arrived in London and another 467 being processes.
The Cross Cultural Learner Centre expects another 500 refugees to arrive in the city throughout the course of 2016. That would bring the total number of refugees in London up to 1,475 by the end of the year.
It’s not known how many Syrian refugees Canada will ultimately accept. McCallum has previously said the country could take in between 35,000 and 50,000 refugees but that number will be discussed by cabinet.
Firm numbers will be presented in early March.
McCallum has indicated a plan will be presented to Parliament March 9th.