Canadian refugee plan falls short, advocates say

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) and the Canadian Council for Refugees both argue the level of Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) is too low, and should match that of the Privately Sponsored Refugee program. 

The GAR numbers are expected to be 9,300 in 2019 and 10,700 in both 2020 and 2021, according to the federal government’s new three-year immigration plan tabled Oct. 31 in the House of Commons.

The government will increase the cap on privately sponsored refugees that are helped by churches, charities and private citizens. Canada will bring in 18,000 privately-sponsored refugees this year and the number will grow to 19,000 next year and reach 20,000 in 2020.

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