On April 20, 2016 the Catholic Register published an article by Michael Swan describing how the Archdiocese of Toronto may be able to help a record number of Syrian refugees to come to Toronto. In the interview with Dr. Martin Mark, director of the Office For Refugees of the Toronto archdiocese, he indicated that the staff were surprised by a sudden announcement that many applications could be accepted by April 1, 2016. Suddenly, on March 30, Immigration Minister John McCallum announced all privately sponsored refugee applications already in the system before the end of the day March 31 would be allowed in addition to whatever quota is eventually assigned. Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees spokeswoman Nancy Caron said that every effort will be made to process these refugees by the end of 2016 or early in 2017. Dr. Mark had conducted interviews in Lebanon this past spring and it is hoped that approximately 150 families would be placed in Toronto this year.
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