Canadian Armed Forces bases preparing to house Syrian refugees

Migrants wait to register with the police at the refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Preparations are currently underway at military bases in Ontario and Quebec to potentially aid the Liberal government with its plan to intake 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.

A Department of National Defence (DND) spokesperson told Global News that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are currently looking into housing the refugees across the two provinces but, “at this point, details remain to be determined.”

“As a matter of prudent planning, the CAF are currently reviewing accommodations available at bases and wings should the CAF be called upon to provide assistance in that regard,”¬† DND spokesperson Daniel Le Bouthillier told Global News in an e-mail.

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Le Bouthillier said that the bases in the two provinces are the priority although “other bases and locations may be used if requested by Government of Canada planners.”

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While bases in Ontario and Quebec are the said to be priorities, the CAF is also into account what may need to be done in other regions as well. Military personel at CFB Edmonton for temporary training may be housed off-site.

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“In Edmonton, people who are scheduled to be there temporarily on training early in the new year may be put up in rental accommodation. No permanent residents at either location are being moved,” he wrote.

Given the time of year, the CAF is also looking into winterizing some of bases where refugees may be housed.

“CFB Meaford and Borden are two locations that will require winterization of accommodations and preparation is currently underway,” Le Bouthillier wrote.

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With files from Vassy Kapelos 

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