January 19, 2016 12:17 pm

N.S. still accepting government sponsored refugees as Ottawa, Vancouver temporarily halt

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The province of Nova Scotia says it is still on track to accept 1,500 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.

Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Ottawa, have temporarily halted accepting government sponsored refugees because they have already filled their temporary housing.

A spokesperson for the Department of Immigration says they are aware other cities are in a housing crunch, but that housing refugees is not a concern in Nova Scotia.

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The federal government has committed to resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees, 15,000 of them government-sponsored, before the end of February.

As of Tuesday, the province has accepted a total of 349 Syrian refugees. 77 were privately sponsored refugees, with the remaining 227 refugees being government sponsored.

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