#WELCOMEREFUGEES Government of Canada Final Expenditures on the Syrian resettlement initiative for 2015-2016

Backgrounder

On February 29, 2016, the Government fulfilled its commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, including government-supported and privately sponsored refugees. However, the important work of settlement continues, and will do so for a number of years.

Information on preliminary costs was released in June 2016. Final, updated figures are now available for all departments who were involved in the effort.

The table below is an overview of the Government of Canada 2015–2016 final expenditures for this initiative. It summarizes the costs, by phase and by federal department or agency. In 2015-2016, the Government spent $384.7 million on the Syrian resettlement initiative, approximately $70.3 million less than planned.

Lower costs for transportation and overseas processing, in addition to unused contingency funds and the non-activation of the interim lodging sites on Canadian Forces bases all contributed to the Government coming under budget.

Resettling of 25,000 Syrian Refugees 2015-2016 Final Expenditures, by phases (In millions$)
Departments & Agencies  PHASE I
Identification
 PHASE II
Processing Overseas
 PHASE III
Transportation
 PHASE IV
Welcoming in Canada
 PHASE V
Settlement & Integration
 Other Humanitarian Assistance (GAC)  Supporting Activities  TOTAL
Canada Border Services Agency  0.1  3.7  -  4.6  -  -  1.4  9.8
Department of National Defense  -  6.3  0.8  6.7  -  -  -  13.8
Employment and Social Development Canada  -  -  -  1.7  -  -  -  1.7
Global Affairs Canada  10.0  4.3  -  -  -  147.3  -  161.6
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  -  26.1  56.8  65.5  32.7  -  12.0  193.1
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada  -  -  -  -  -  -  0.7  0.7
Public Health Agency of Canada  -  -  -  0.6  -  -  -  0.6
Public Safety Canada  -  -  -  -  -  -  0.9  0.9
Royal Canadian Mounted Police  -  -  0.7  -  -  -  -  0.7
Shared Services Canada  -  0.4  0.5  0.9  -  -  -  1.8
TOTAL  10.1  40.8  58.8  80.0  32.7  147.3  15.0  384.7

Figures exclude PSPC accommodation.

Figures include $80.9M in expenditures that departments absorbed within existing funding levels.

Find out more details about the five phases listed in the tables.

Over the next five years, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in the settlement of these Syrian refugees to ensure that they integrate into and contribute fully to the Canadian economy and their communities.

These final expenditure figures are also available in the 2016 Departmental Performance Report.


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