July 2019
Federal Government Ends Asylum Seeker Pilot Program

2019-07-08 11:46:08 AM

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The federal government last week ended a pilot program that aimed to redirect asylum seekers away from crowded shelters in Montreal and Toronto. The arriving migrants would then settle in their new locations as their refugee claims were processed. The federal government argues that the program required support from the Ontario government but was unable to secure it.

The pilot program was launched in September 2018 in Chatham-Kent. Five families moved to the southwestern municipality from Quebec through the pilot.

The program was announced last year after the Quebec government and the City of Toronto requested help from the federal government to deal with asylum seekers that were residing in their temporary housing.

The federal department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada says that their priority now is to “provide financial support to provincial and municipal interim housing operations.” In March, the department created a new interim housing assistance program to help provinces and municipalities recover money they spent providing temporary housing.

Through the federal fund, Ottawa recently received $10 million and Toronto will receive $45 million in addition to the $26 million they have already spent.

While 45,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada through the Canada-US border since early 2017, the need for temporary housing has been decreasing due to a 45% drop off in asylum seekers compared to the same period last year.  

For more information, please see below:

St. Catharines Standard: Federal government quietly ends asylum seeker triage pilot program
 


 


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