The Grandstanding Canadians will accept 7500 immigrants. Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada CANADIAN WELCOME Prime Minister Trudeau took office in 2015 on a commitment to admit tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. "While the majority of the world is turning their backs and building walls, the fact that Trudeau took this bold humanitarian goal put [Canada] on the map," said Chris Friesen, director of settlement services at Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia. But this year, Canada plans to take only 7,500 government-assisted refugees - less than half last year's number. People eager to sponsor refugees find themselves waiting years to do so.