Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with a Syrian refugee during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1, 2016.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with a Syrian refugee during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1, 2016.
Photo Credit: Chris Wattie / Reuters

Bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada cost $385M

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The Liberal government’s initiative to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees from the Middle East to Canada cost the country’s taxpayers nearly $385 million, government statistics released today show.

The final estimate of the cost of relocation program shows that in 2015-2016, the federal government spent $384.7 million on the Syrian resettlement initiative, approximately $70.3 million less than planned.

Lower than expected costs for transportation and overseas processing, in addition to unused contingency funds and the fact that there was no need to activate interim lodging sites urgently prepared on Canadian Forces bases all contributed to the government coming under budget, officials said.

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In addition, federal departments absorbed about $81 million in expenditures within their existing budgets.

Federal government statistics show that over the last year Canada has welcomed 34,696 Syrian refugees as of Nov 13, 2016.

The majority of these refugees, 18,156, were in the government-assisted category, which means the federal government paid full costs of their resettlement and integration in Canada.

Another 12,988 Syrian refugees came under the privately sponsored refugee category, where refugees are sponsored by relatives, friends or community members, who shoulder the cost of their relocation and resettlement in Canada.

And 3,552 Syrian refugees came under the blended visa program that combines elements of both government-assisted and privately sponsored programs.

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19 comments on “Bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada cost $385M
  1. Avatar xd says:

    Oh, so this is why some of our tax money goes….

  2. Avatar john Schellenberger says:

    All I feel is being a 2 nd class citizen in my birth country, And being 66 retired and I only get $959.00 a month to live on. Where as refuges , get so much more . and even better housing, medical , transportation, Our P M is selling out our Country, and not paying attention to helping its own people, As a good example , 30 million to a convicted terrorist , the another 30 million to 3 others, as for my rights have been violated, the right to live a simple but decent life . Our P M has to go before he gives Canada away. And why should he take his family on Canadian Business to India,and who pays for this, ( tax payers ) . All I can say and Pray is for GOD save our country, I have to say for me to survive I have to go out at night to collect cans bottles just to keep my head above water.

    • Avatar Someone says:

      Those Syrian need the money more then we do. They had to abandon almost everything they own. Amagine coming to Canada with barely any money, what would you do? If you went back to Syria you would probably get killed, but Canada is safe. We have money in Canada and I think that we should spend some of it on people who need it. If they need it to get up onto their feet to have a nice life and forget about everything that has happened in their life.

  3. Avatar icasi says:

    We dont need refugees, mostly put a burden on our socio economic program, mostly are not fitted to integrate with the west system of life, majority wants canadians to be just like them and influence this stupid government to yield to their law and way of life and ignoring what canadian values are. Any refugee should be the one to adjust to the country they are seeking refuge not the other way aroundif not , they should stay where they are and keep the custom and tradition they have. I immigrate to Canada because I like the Canadian way of life, I adjust to Canada and Canada adjust to me.

  4. Avatar Marshall says:

    Trudeau and his globalist crony capitalist agenda are going to put Canada and Canadians at risk . . . Trudeau has to go!

  5. The PM is running Canada into huge debt, plus placing the country at a huge security risk. He broadcasted to the whole world that entering Canada is a free ticket to success. The government is favoring other countries and providing everything free for them. They are aware of this which is making the problem even worse. The Canadian government is ignoring Canadian citizens in need. A lot of Canadians have had to leave the country because of jobs and I was one of them. In the 1980’s I remember there was an article in the local Canadian papers on “Brain Drain.” I applied to many jobs in Canada without success and I received absolutely no help when I reached out for assistance. To make matters worse I was attacked in an isolated region of Manitoba as I was so desperate for a job. I nearly lost my life. However, nobody cared. I have a bachelor’s degree. Even with a Master’s degree I was not able to get a job in Canada.
    I had an accident several years ago while visiting family in Canada. I was forced to pay all medical bills out of pocket even though I had health insurance from the country I am residing at. When I explained to the hospital the fact that I am a Canadian citizen and have a Canadian healthcare number I was told that I am no longer a Canadian resident. I was harassed by the Manitoba hospital to pay the bills and I wasn’t even give time to recover. However, when illegal refugees jump the border they receive free healthcare. In addition the illegal refugees want their way and want to follow their customs.
    I have not been proud to be a Canadian and Canada was not a land of opportunity for me.
    I hope whoever voted for Justin Trudeau is satisfied how he is ruining the country more. Canadians will be taxed even more to support these illegal immigrants.

  6. Avatar Robert says:

    Why not spend the $385 million back into Canadian families, give higher tax breaks for families with children, give Canadian insentive to have more children and bring up our number of Canadians from the 1.6 kids per family. Since that’s one of the government’s concerns!!!

  7. Avatar Tim says:

    Protect Canadians first. We’re starving too. Our people are starving and living on the street. Give us 384 millions a year. Kelvin oleary save us

  8. Avatar dan says:

    Trudeau,and Wynne are both a waste of energy and intelligence. They are costing the taxpayers a fortune, just for future votes, and to look good in the eyes of other countries.

  9. Avatar floare says:

    Who pays for asylum seekers? We have 100,000+ HOMELESS people and tens of thousands of single parents. Pay national debt first.

  10. Avatar becareful of this company says:

    Very sad that our country is have trouble on its own and our own PM is not paying attention to help his own country but instead making it harder for his own people to live better in their own country. I feel bad for what they Syrian people are going through but why do we have to be forgot and suffer s o they get a better life then those who have worked so hard to get a better life and not have it because our PM chose to have help another country rather then his own. Things are different now since his father was PM and his father open the door to immigration to help the Canadian country not let it go down. HELP US PM LISTEN TO US FIRST!! WE NEED HELP. Our economy is going down people can not get jobs and race and sexuality is an issue in Canada. HELP CANADA FIRST WE NEED IT !

  11. Avatar DoubleD says:

    Interesting, I thought the original cost estimate was $100M.

  12. Avatar Academic says:

    Feeling really bad thinking about the Syrian refugees. Especially the kids who are not aware of things happening in the outside world.

  13. Avatar Ken Baker says:

    Disgraceful!!! Canadian people are suffering in their own country. .food banks are seeing more family’s on their doorstep..

  14. Avatar Dray Dixon says:

    how about taking some of that money and look after our own people, Canadians that have word 30 to 55 years and only live on the poverty line, can’t afford dentist, prescriptions, food, high cost of hydro, heating, property taxes, repair bills to try and live in their homes if they are lucky enough to have one after all these expenses

  15. Avatar Philippe Cauchi says:

    It is only the beginning of waht the Syrian will cost us.