The Selinger Government continues its search for more permanent homes for Syrian refugees arriving into the province.
Manitoba has welcomed 254 government assisted-Syrian refugees as of Monday and they’re expecting about 300 to arrive each month until a target of 2,000 refugees is reached sometime this year.
The province has connected with more than 200 landlords and identified more than 100 units as an option for permanent housing, according to a release.
“There’s a great need for housing,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “If people have housing available, they should get a hold of us and let us know what’s out there.”
The province has been forced to provide additional support for temporary housing due to the increased numbers. An additional 26 units have been secured and a government-owned building will be repurposed to offer 10 units.
$1.6M For Incoming Syrian Students
The premier also announced his government will be spending more money to help young Syrian refugees get into school.
$1.6 million is going towards educational supports that includes $750,000 to help schools receive and assess refugee children. Another $450,000 will increase funding for English as an additional language (EAL) students in school. $300,000 will go to increased funding for the Intensive Newcomer Grant.
“As we welcome families from Syria to their new home, we continue our efforts to make their transition as seamless as possible,” said Selinger. “As part of our commitment to these families, we are increasing key education supports and working closely with schools and community partners to ease their children’s transition into the classroom.”