Ontario wants $200mn and counting for border crossers

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The Ontario Government on Monday said that the federal government’s policies, which allow thousands of illegal border crossers to enter Canada without following the appropriate processes, are having a negative impact on Ontario’s education, legal aid, social assistance and emergency shelter systems.

“The current crisis with illegal border crossers is costing Ontario taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars for a situation we did not create,” said Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Lisa MacLeod.

Ontario’s costs to deliver services for illegal border crossers totals $200 million so far. This includes $74 million for temporary housing for the City of Toronto, $3 million for Red Cross and other supports for refugee claimants who stayed in college dorms this summer, $12 million for the City of Ottawa, $90 million in social assistance and $20 million for primary and secondary education spaces.

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“The government of Ontario believes that managing the influx of illegal border crossers is the federal government’s responsibility. We have asked the federal government to pay the $200 million that this is costing Ontario. They have come back to us with only $11 million. That is not acceptable,” added MacLeod.

The minister delivered this message to federal and provincial counterparts at a meeting of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration. -CINEWS

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