Immigration Minister John McCallum helps Syrian refugee Ramez with his glove at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Monday, February 29, 2016. (Photo: Nathan Denette/CP)"The reason we spent dramatically less than we said we would is because we were dramatically efficient," he said.
"The reason we spent dramatically less than we said we would is because we were dramatically efficient."But the lion's share of the program budget — the cost to actually settle the refugees and provide income support, language training, job services and the like — remains to be spent. Only $32.6 million in settlement funds was spent in 2015-2016, according to the figures. The budget is $377 million. Refugee settlement agencies have been appearing before MPs for weeks detailing a laundry list of concerns about the settlement process, from women not being able to attend language classes because they can't find day care to struggles with securing long-term, affordable housing. As of May 29, 27,580 Syrians have arrived.
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