09/08/2015 02:37 EDT | Updated 09/08/2016 05:12 EDT

Philippe Couillard, Quebec Premier, To Sponsor Syrian Refugee Family

QUEBEC — Premier Philippe Couillard is going to sponsor a Syrian refugee family with the help of other people in his riding north of Quebec City.

Couillard tells Le Quotidien newspaper he will be part of a group seeking to collectively sponsor a displaced Syrian family.

Harold Fortin, a spokesman for Couillard, says the premier's decision was a personal one he made with his wife and friends.

Collectively sponsoring a family means covering costs related to food, shelter, health care and relocation.

They must also help them find work, learn French and settle in Quebec.

Last week, Couillard said Quebec was ready to accept more refugees in the province given the flood of people fleeing the war-torn country. The province announced Monday it was prepared to accept 3,650 Syrian refugees before the end of 2015 — 2,450 more than it had originally planned.

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