Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joining dozens of other world leaders Tuesday for the annual gathering at the United Nations general assembly.
During Monday’s inaugural summit on refugees and migrants, the group endorsed a declaration to provide a more co-ordinated and humane response to the world’s 65.3-million displaced people.
Trudeau urged all countries to be looking for other ways to help solve the ongoing crisis fueled by Syria’s civil war.
Canada has taken in almost 31,000 Syrian refugees since last year.
“While that is a great story, I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that Canada’s engagement must not stop at resettlement,” Trudeau said.
“Now is the time for each of us to consider what more we can contribute. So, in Canada, we’re looking at our options.”
He also announced Canada would spend an additional $64.5 million over the next several years to support people affected by humanitarian crises around the world.
Trudeau is scheduled to address the general assembly Tuesday, while Barack Obama will give his last as U-S president before he steps down in the new year.