11/25/2015 10:44 EST | Updated 11/25/2016 00:12 EST

Alberta commits over$1.2M to resettle Syrian refugees; wants more from Ottawa

EDMONTON — The Alberta government says it has put up more than $1.2 million so far to help resettle Syrian refugees.

Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson says $1 million of that is being redirected from existing spending to a fund that was already set up for those fleeing Syria.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says she will be asking the federal government for another $5 million to help cover costs for one year as Syrian families begin their new lives in Alberta.

The province has said it will take between 2,500 and 3,000 of the 25,000 refugees that are coming to Canada in the coming months.

The Alberta refugees are to be resettled in five cities: Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.