Canada Braces for Influx of Syrian Refugees

Canadian officials might construct camps to temporarily house tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. Roughly 25,000 refugees escaping violence and conflict in the Middle East will arrive in Canada before year’s end.

"Interim lodging at bases in Quebec and Ontario as a priority," said Dominique Tessier, a media relations officer with the Department of National Defence, in an e-mail to CBC.

"Other bases and locations may be used if requested by government of Canada planners." Zero refugee camps currently exist in Canada.

The nation intends to lean on its immigration detention centers and temporary housing used by military cadets to handle the humanitarian crisis. Public Works Canada said refugees might be required to stay three months and that sites must be self-contained and self-sustaining, meaning sewage, waste management, water and electricity must be on-site.