Canada's mission to combat ISIS in Syria and the region, by the numbers

A breakdown of the numbers illustrates Canada's commitment to date, and pledge going forward, for Canada's mission in the region.

Military budget announced today only covers 1st year of 2-year plan

Canada will be ending its current bombing mission in Iraq and Syria on Feb. 22, but will be expanding its training and humanitarian mission. (Perry Aston/U.S. Air Force)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and three of his cabinet ministers on Monday outlined the federal government's future three-year humanitarian and two-year military commitment to the mission against ISIS.

Here is a look at a breakdown of the key numbers:

  • $1.6 billion: The minimum financial commitment the federal government made today on all aspects of its anti-ISIS mission, including:
    • $840 million: For humanitarian assistance in the region over the next three years.
    • $270 million: For rebuilding social services and infrastructure over the next three years. 
    • $130 million: Funds committed by the previous Conservative government that are included in the humanitarian, social services and infrastructure funds pledged today.  
    • $264 million: The amount Canada will spend on its military mission in year one.
    • $41.9 million: The cost of redeploying staff and equipment to the region over the course of the new military commitment.
    • $145 million: What Canada will spend on non-military counterterrorism initiatives in the region over three years. 
  • $970 million: Total money Canada had previously committed to for humanitarian assistance ($653 million), longer-term development projects ($233 million), and security and stabilization assistance ($83 million) in Syria, Jordan and the region. 
  • 650: The former number of Canadian Forces personnel committed to the mission. 
  • 830: The number of Canadian Forces members that will be active in the region after the Royal Canadian Air Force crews are cycled back home and new trainers and others personnel arrive in the region.
  • 2 years: The duration of the current military commitment.
  • 1 year: The period for which federal government has approved the budget for Canada's military mission.
  • Feb. 22, 2016: When Canada's bombing mission will end.
  • 17,862: The number of Syrian refugees settled in Canada since Nov. 4, 2015, as of Feb. 8, 2016.
  • 25,000: The number of refugees from Syria that the federal government wants to have resettled by the end of February 2016.
  • 23,218: The number of Iraqi refugees settled in Canada as of Dec. 2, 2015.
  • 3,089: The number of refugees from Syria who settled in Canada from Jan. 1, 2014, to Nov. 3, 2015.


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