Canada will make an initial $50 million available to the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, who have borne the majority of costs associated with temporary housing for asylum claimants.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in a statement said the government recognized the hard work that provinces and municipalities have undertaken in the area of housing in particular, and want to commend them for their partnership.
“These initial funds are aimed at providing immediate assistance towards the ongoing provision of temporary housing in these provinces. Quebec will receive $36 million, Ontario $11 million and Manitoba $3 million to offset their housing costs.
“Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba and their large municipalities, in particular Toronto and Montreal, have made extraordinary efforts in this area, and this work has resulted in a well-managed response to the increase of irregular asylum seekers that started last year. We look forward to continued collaboration with the provinces and the municipalities to address temporary housing as needed in the short term.”