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Ottawa gives Quebec $250 million to cover costs related to asylum seeker influx

QUEBEC — The federal government is giving Quebec $250 million in compensation for costs the province incurred following the influx of asylum seekers across the U.S. border. Quebec’s immigration minister said today the federal money completely covers the province’s expenses in connection with the thousands of people who crossed irregularly from the United States in 2017 and 2018....


Ontario needs a regional immigration strategy, new report suggests

TORONTO — Ontario’s small communities could benefit from the influx of immigrants that are disproportionately settling in the Greater Toronto Area, a new report said Thursday as it urged all levels of government to address the imbalance. The study from the Conference Board of Canada said the number of newcomers settling in Ontario last year starkly...


Growing number of newcomers, refugees ending up homeless in Canada, studies say

OTTAWA — A growing number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless, newly released government figures show. Two new reports released this week by Employment and Social Development Canada offer a glimpse into the extent of the homelessness problem across the country and reveal the populations that are most vulnerable. The national shelter study,...


Five things to know about Canadian immigration detention centres

TORONTO — The treatment of migrants has recently been thrust into the spotlight as accounts emerge of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in American border detention facilities. Here’s a look at how Canada deals with immigration detainees. Immigration holding centres, sometimes jails The Canada Border Services Agency can detain foreign nationals and permanent residents under certain conditions — including...


Almost 3K jobseekers hired on Independence Day: DOLE

MANILA, June 15, 2019 — Close to 3,000 jobseekers were hired at the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fair sites nationwide, in celebration of the country’s 121st Independence Day on Wednesday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Saturday. The Bureau of Local Employment reported that a total of 2,818 jobseekers were...