CALGARY – There doesn’t appear to be any clear plan in Alberta for how it wants to handle Syrian refugees.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the federal government will bring in 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.
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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has indicated her government is working on accepting some refugees, but her human services minister suggests there is nothing in the works at this time.
Irfan Sabir says Alberta is waiting to see what the federal government’s plans are.
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He says Syrians coming to Canada will have some mobility and a number may end up in Alberta — and if that happens the provincial government will provide support for them.
Sabir didn’t give a number on how many refugees Alberta could expect.
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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said preliminary discussions have taken place with the provincial government, but at this time he’s not sure how many refugees might end up in Edmonton.
“Certainly finding accommodations for all of these families is one of the biggest pressing challenges, but also settlement and acclimatization and making sure they all have clothing for the winter. Things like this are going to be weighing heavily on a number of agencies.”
Iveson said supporting the new families will be a community-wide effort, and he’s already seen local people, businesses and agencies stepping up to help.
With files from Caley Ramsay, Global News.