Canada 'very proud' of White Helmet resettlement effort: Ahmed Hussen

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he is proud of Canada's effort to help resettle a contingent of ``White Helmet'' emergency volunteers from Syria after it became clear their lives were being threatened by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.

Hussen says the mission to evacuate them from their war-torn country was tough, but Canada felt compelled to help the members of the civil-defence group after their efforts to save civilians being swept up in Syria's ongoing civil war.

Assad and his backers have engaged in smear campaigns to discredit the White Helmets, accusing them of being undercover terrorists or agents of foreign powers.

The volunteers are being screened and resettled in numerous countries, including France, Argentina, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Details of exactly how many people are being brought to Canada and where they are being settled are not being shared for security reasons.