By the end of the year, just over 6,000 Syrian refugees will have landed in Canada, the immigration minister said Thursday.
Minister John McCallum announced the latest numbers in Toronto on Thursday morning, acknowledging that the government would miss its previous target to settle 10,000 Syrian refugees by Dec. 31.
He said he now expects the government to meet that goal by mid-January.
McCallum also said the government still expects to settle an additional 15,000 Syrian refugees, in total, by the end of February, for a total of 25,000.
Ahead of the October election, the Liberals had campaigned on a promise to settle 25,000 refugees by year’s end.
The government has also said that it will bring at least another 10,000 government-sponsored refugees to Canada by the end of 2016.
With files from The Canadian Press