By The Canadian Press Thu., July 26, 2018 OTTAWA—The Ontario government has formally requested $200-million from the federal government to pay for the cost of asylum seekers who entered Canada from the United States and who are living in Ontario. A letter from Ontario immigration minister Lisa MacLeod says the federal government’s approach to dealing with asylum seekers is “now testing the patience and generosity of Ontarians.” The letter is addressed to Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos. It says federal support has been “inadequate” to meet the current and future needs posed by this “crisis.” MacLeod asks Duclos to consider the letter a formal request for “direct and full compensation” for the costs associated with support Ontario and its municipalities are providing to “illegal border crossers.” Article Continued Below MacLeod warned Ottawa earlier this … [Read more...] about Ontario formally requests $200 million from Ottawa to deal with asylum seekers
By David P. Ball StarMetro Vancouver Mon., July 9, 2018 VANCOUVER—British Columbia refugee settlement advocates say Ontario’s about-face on helping the federal government settle refugees is “concerning” and has national ramifications, advocates say, but is unlikely to send many more asylum-seekers west. Ontario’s new social services minister Lisa MacLeod drew criticism for calling the recent flood of footbound asylum-seekers as “illegal border-crossers” last Thursday, and suggesting the province could pull out of a seven-month-old agreement with the federal government. “It has an impact all over the country when politicians make inaccurate statements and fuel wedges between people with opportunistic comments,” said Lobat Sadrehashemi, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, in a phone interview. “It’s concerning to hear those kinds of comments. “The use of the word … [Read more...] about Ontario leaders’ refugee rhetoric sending ripples, concern west to B.C.
By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Sun., April 22, 2018 Ontario is seeing a resurgence as the destination for immigrants after a more than decade-long slump in its share of newcomers to Canada. The number of permanent residents settling in the province has rebounded to 111,925, or 39 per cent of the 286,480 new arrivals to Canada last year, from a low of 95,828, or 36.8 per cent of the 260,411 in 2014. In the past, more than half of newcomers settled in Ontario. The vast majority of Ontario’s newcomers — 85,500 in 2017 — settled in the Greater Toronto Area, which saw an increase of 5.4 per cent from two years earlier. This past January alone, Ontario received 10,870 new permanent residents, up 48.6 per cent from 7,315 in the same period last year. Greater Toronto’s share was 8,600, 57.2 per cent higher than January 2017. Experts said the immigration bump in the GTA and Ontario appears to be due to the economic downturn in Alberta, … [Read more...] about Immigration to Ontario increasing after prolonged slump
By Allan Woods Quebec Bureau Fri., April 20, 2018 MONTREAL—Starting next week, asylum-seekers arriving through the Canada-United States border could be fast-tracked to shelters and services in Ontario if that is their preferred destination. After a cry for help from Quebec, which claims there could be 400 refugee claimants coming into Canada each day this summer, federal officials said they are working on a “triage” plan. It’s not clear yet whether refugee claimants will be flown, bussed or sent on a train, but those who indicate, upon arrival, that they want to go to Toronto will soon be hustled out of Quebec. “We are in the process of working at the officials level with both Quebec and Ontario to determine … what is in the art of the possible, what could it look like,” said one federal official, speaking to reporters on background Friday. “I think one of the main points to consider is … how would the … [Read more...] about Asylum-seekers will be fast-tracked to Ontario starting next week
By Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter Fri., March 30, 2018 Five months after receiving a curt phone call from a Milton jail telling him his wife was dead, Herb Gratton still doesn’t know what actually happened to her. None of the authorities involved — not the jail, not the coroner and not the Canada Border Services Agency, which was holding his wife as an immigration detainee — has told him how the woman with whom he had shared his life for more than 30 years came to be “found in medical distress” in her cell and pronounced dead “shortly thereafter.” The lack of information has been unsettling for Gratton, who says the fog around his wife’s final moments has left him with “an open wound.” “I just want answers, you know?” he said. “I’m just trying to figure out what happened.” Teresa Michelle Gratton, a 50-year-old grandmother, died Oct. 30 at the maximum-security … [Read more...] about Family of immigration detainee who died in jail still waiting for answers