Hon. John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her question and also for her good work in this area.
When one is welcoming refugees to Canada, there is nothing more important than to teach them English or French, especially in the case of Syrian refugees, who typically speak not a word of either language, so we have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to this enterprise. Just last month we invested an additional $18 million for language training and settlement, of which $3.2 million is going to go to British Columbia. We have recently, since April, created 7,000 new language spaces, so we are working very hard on--
Topic: Oral Questions
Subtopic: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship