The largest one-time arrival of Syrian refugees in Saskatchewan will happen in the coming days.
An Air Canada flight from Jordan to Toronto touched down Thursday morning, carrying 282 refugees.
From that flight, Deputy Commissioner with Emergency Management and Fire Safety for the province Mieka Cleary says just over 100 of those refugees will be landing in Saskatchewan.
However, they won’t be landing in the province on Thursday. Cleary says the refugees will most likely be getting hotel accomodations to rest up after the long flight, and will board flights to Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw in a day or two, unless there’s any health concerns that arise.
196 Syrian refugees landed in Saskatchewan by the end of 2015.
As for the rest of the month, Cleary says the provincial government isn’t sure how many more will be arriving in January or February. She says the province is only notified after refugees board flights and are cleared to come to Canada. However, if Saskatchewan was to get a per capita share of the 25,000 Syrian refugees committed to by the federal government, Cleary says the province would receive about 835 refugees.