While there has been no confirmation from 8-Wing CFB Trenton, the executive director of Quinte Immigration Services says the base will likely host Syrian refugees by mid to late February.
Wednesday, it was announced that just over 10,000 Syrian refugees are now calling Canada home. The milestone for the Liberals’ resettlement program was reached late yesterday, about two weeks later than originally promised. And federal Immigration Minister John McCallum says the government is on target to receive 25,000 Syrians by the end of next month.
Orlando Ferro of QIS says while the McCallum didn’t point to Trenton as a definite housing location he says he’s positive they could house up to it’s capacity of 900 refugees starting next month.
At least 10,000 more refugees are expected by the end of 2016.
Our newsroom has reached out to the Department of National Defence and is waiting for further comment.
Meanwhile, Ferro says their refugee forum set for January 22 at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre is sold out. However, he says they are working on repeating it again a couple of times as they had 300 to 400 requests from the public to attend the event.