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Businesses and entrepreneurs across Canada stepping in to help Syrian refugees

CALGARY — Businesses and entrepreneurs are stepping in to help settle the thousands of Syrian refugees coming to Canada over the next few weeks.

Real estate companies are contributing apartments, airlines are offering seats and individual business leaders are chipping in cash.

Calgary-based Mainstreet Equity Corp. today offered at least 200 apartments across western Canada to house refugees at a discounted rate.

The offer follows a similar one last week by fellow Calgary-based Boardwalk Rental Community to provide 350 apartments across the Prairies and in Montreal, and Westbank Corp.'s donation of 12 fully furnished and stocked apartments in downtown Vancouver.

Earlier this month, Air Canada offered to help ferry refugees to Canada, and Calgary-based charter airline Enerjet says it will make its fleet of aircraft available to the government to assist with refugee resettlement.

Following the government's revision of its refugee plan Tuesday, Canada is set to resettle 10,000 refugees by the end of the year, with another 15,000 set to arrive by the end of February 2016.

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