We’re ‘working very hard’ to welcome 10,000 refugees this year: McCallum

Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum says the government is "working very hard" to meet its objective of welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

TORONTO — Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum says the government is “working very hard” to meet its objective of welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

McCallum says just shy of 1,000 refugees have already arrived in the country since the Liberals took power in early November.

He says another plane carrying over 200 refugees is expected to land in Toronto on Tuesday, with dozens more planeloads of refugees arriving in the next few weeks.

The government has said it expects to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.

McCallum made the comments in Toronto where he urged Canadian businesses to raise up to $50 million to help with the settlement of Syrian refugees.