Nova Scotia: There are now 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada.
In Nova Scotia, refugees continue to land. According to Refugee Response, to date, 572 Syrian refugees have come to the province (other sources said there are 694 Syrian refugees living in the province). 451refugees arrived through government-assisted sponsorship and 121 came through private and mixed sponsorship.
The new Syrian refuges are living in Halifax, Dartmouth, Timberlea, Yarmouth, Digby, Bridgewater, Antigonish, Petite Riviere, Pictou, Port Hood, Kentville, Wolfville, Shelburne and Marion Bridge.
According to Nova Scotia Refugee Response refugees are strong, resilient and glad to be here. It is good they are away from war in Syria. But refugees in Canada still face difficulties.
A report said that a Syrian refugee now living with his family in Dartmouth is grateful for all the help they're receiving. However, they're struggling because they do not have enough cash to feed his family of 8.
Waleed Alghlidyan, his wife Amnah and their six children arrived in Nova Scotia on Jan. 19, 2016. They're among the government-sponsored refugees living in the province of Nova Scotia.
The family came from a refugee camp in Jordan where they spent 2 and a half years.
Alghdyan says his family has received support from the government, the local immigrant settlement organization and neighbours, but the reality has been difficult.
"We were expecting something better than this," Alghdyan told CBC News through an interpreter. "Expectations didn't meet reality."
The family was given $9,000 to buy furniture and provide them with their basic needs and look after other basic supplies. But after spending $3,000 to make sure everyone had a comfortable bed to sleep in the family thought they cannot afford to spent more.
"If we were to spend all that money on furniture and supplying appliances and stuff for the house, we wouldn't have money to buy food and buy other essentials," Alghdyan said through the interpreter.
Like other government-sponsored refugees with families of a similar size, the Alghdyans receive a monthly living allowance of $1,350.
He, his wife and 6 children (8 in all) are living in a three-bedroom house, the rent is $1,100 a month. The family also has cable, phone and internet bundle costs $114. So, $1,000 for house rent plus 114. cable bundle is $ 1,214. They only have about $100 left for food.
Some people are stepping in to help, friends neighbours others supporters too. They have a furniture and food drive to help out this family.
Alghdyan hopes other Syrian families, also struggling to make ends meet will be fortunate in finding friends and neighbours willing to help them out.
Privately sponsored refugees are much better, because they have a built-in support group not like the government-sponsored families.