The Trudeau government will continue to allow illegal border crossers into Canada, despite the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
In a press conference today, the Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said that the government is medically screening all refugees and providing them with special housing. They will be placed in a 14-day quarantine if necessary.
During this press conference, Blaire said that “under normal circumstances, when this process is occurring, as they go into our processing to determine their eligibility for refugee status, they are moved to temporary shelters usually in Montreal. But because of the need to quarantine and for self-isolation, we are now making separate arrangements.”
Bill Blair went on to say that these illegal border crossers would not be supervised in Montreal, but instead in some other unspecified location.
There are now 424 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada, the vast majority of which are located in British Columbia and Ontario. To combat the spread of the virus, Trudeau announced that he would be closing all international borders, aside from the border with the United States, to all non-residents.
As well as this, the prime minister will also be announcing tomorrow a series of sweeping economic polices that intends to support Canadian businesses through the fiscal struggles of the pandemic.