It is expected that this undertaking will help ease the existing burden on Turkey, freeing up the Turkish government's resources to deal with the current influx of Syrians seeking protection in the country.
Minister Kenney reaffirmed Canada's commitment to its 2009 and 2010 pledges of resettling 20,000 Iraqi refugees. To date, it has resettled 12,000, most of them from Syria.
Most of the refugees will be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for resettlement.
Canada is one of a few countries operating a resettlement program out of Turkey, and is second only to the United States as a destination for refugees from the region.