City council unanimously passed a motion last week to help support any refugees the city might receive from the federal commitment of 25, 000. The original request came from the provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The Region of Peel will work with the city’s Emergency Management Office and other local community organizations to provide the appropriate support if the city receives any refugees. The Mayor reiterated the message that “the City of Brampton is ready to do it’s part to welcome and resettle these people who are looking for a safe haven and a chance to start again.”
There are costs associated with the refugee resettlement though, approximately $12,000 per person and $25, 000 per family of four according to government estimates as stated by the Toronto Star with total costs of $1.2 billion over six years. However, I suspect the federal government will cover those costs.
Based on early reports by the CBC, the refugee plan will be limited to only women, children and families. Leaving out unaccompanied men due to security concerns. In the past six weeks, about a 100 refugees from Lebanon have been screened a day.
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