Quebec Sends $146 Million Bill To Federal Government For Migrant Asylum Seekers

The province of Quebec has sent a $146 million bill to Ottawa to compensate for the amount the province has spent so far to accommodate thousands of migrants who crossed illegally into Canada along the Quebec-U.S. border.


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RCMP officers help a family of asylum claimants as they cross the border into Canada from the United States, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, near Hemmingford, Quebec. A growing number of people have been walking across the border into Canada to claim refugee status. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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The province of Quebec has sent a $146 million bill to Ottawa to compensate for the amount the province has spent so far to accommodate thousands of migrants who crossed illegally into Canada along the Quebec-U.S. border.

The Quebec immigration minister and the minister responsible for Canadian Relations have sent the bill to federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussein saying it’s the federal government’s responsibility to deal with asylum seekers and border issues.

They note that between 2012 and 2016, Ottawa dealt with 3,500 asylum requests, but in 2017 alone that number increased to 24,980, a 700% increase.

The provincial ministers furthermore clarified that over half of the new costs were placed on Quebec as most individuals made their claims in that province.

What does the $146 million cover?

It includes temporary housing, feeding, and the multitude of other costs while asylum seekers wait for the claims to be heard by the federal government, which can take five or more years given the size of the current backlog. 

What is the government doing?

The federal government has said it will invest $173 million in security and processing operations at these known illegal crossing points, and although Quebec has said it welcomes the investment, it also says it is nowhere enough to actually cover the costs of security and living costs.

What do you think about this situation? Let us know below!


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    1. right on Brian Cote agree with you —- Quebec has had oceans and oceans of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in the billions from Alberta and still wouldn’t let the EE pipeline go through — and laugh at our problems — the tap needs to be shut off to quebec—- an regardless of my last name, that is the facts.

  1. To Brian Coté. What a stupid comment! With a name like yours you ought to be ashamed. You are the type of person that should not be trusted.

    1. You’re the one showing your ignorance Paul. Alberta has been paying billions in transfer payments , upwards of $200 billion in the last 14 yrs, with nothing in return . It’s going to stop

  2. Just another hole to throw tax payers money into, this makes me sick😡😡👎🏾👎🏾
    Oh and Paul, Brian Cote’ is mostly correct with his statement. Quebec has been getting the bulk of transfer payments from western Canada for years. And their quality of life is better than a lot of western Canadians!!

  3. Good for Quebec Every province in Canada should send Trudope a large bill for bringing in all those foreners and if he won’t pay it hold back the tax money that is sent to Ottawa Maybe he will get the message

  4. These asylum seekers will most likely contribute to the economic growth of these country. You will never find them on the street begging for money once they settled. Canadian gouverment knows the importance if these guys. They run away from persecution, Yes however as soon as a second chance is handed to them they will surely shoe their true worth.

    1. Canada is a beautiful country- So why have you let Trudeau (of questionable motives) continue to load up Canada with peoples who will never see themselves as Canadians? I feel sad, as it is one country that I have had to cross off my bucket list- instead I will go to Syria as a tourist to look at ancient ruins (and modern) whilst wondering “Where have all the people gone?”

    2. Of course you’ll never see them on the street begging for money, they don’t have to because the government hands them everything. Their also proficient breeders so their child benefit checks keep growing, and growing….

    3. Yes I agree, you won’t find them on the streets, our tax dollars keep
      Them houses and fed. Why should they be on the street! But at the same time, let the people of Canada that live here and have given most of their life to fight and support Canada love on the streets. Fuck JT, fucking frog!

  5. Trudeau is the worst PM in Canadian history. He seems to be using immigration for political ends. Having said that, these migrants may be more suitable immigrants than some of the others Trudeau has brought in.

  6. Canada is a beautiful country- So why have you let Trudeau (of questionable motives) continue to load up Canada with peoples who will never see themselves as Canadians? I feel sad, as it is one country that I have had to cross off my bucket list- instead I will go to Syria as a tourist to look at ancient ruins (and modern) whilst wondering “Where have all the people gone?”

  7. Melchior Tshimanga Luketa or Squirrely Dan for short. These asylum seekers are free loaders sucking the money right out of my pocket. Why should we give a good god damn about them when they are running from responsibilities and probably back taxes in the US. They should be deported immediately and sent back to face the consequences that they are running from. No second chances because in the 5 years that it will take to go through the court system, they will have spent more than most Canadians earn in that time period. Why are they entitled to a better life than I am? I’m the one that pays the taxes in this country and am the one that is getting bent over and taking the proverbial Libereral Cockus. They have no importance to our work place until every CANADIAN CITIZEN is employeed and getting themselves out of the Trudeau debt. I look forward to your rebuttal.

Yanky Pollak

Yanky Pollak is a young energetic activist, with a strong voice for the community. He has been involved in multiple political campaigns and has worked very closely with many political figures. He works as a freelance photographer.

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