Clo­sure to up­end town

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA -

A study com­mis­sioned by a town in east­ern Al­berta sug­gests the clo­sure of a fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion pro­cess­ing cen­tre would be eco­nom­i­cally dev­as­tat­ing.

Ve­gre­ville would suf­fer a per­ma­nent drop in pop­u­la­tion, lower prop­erty values and higher un­em­ploy­ment if the Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugee and Ci­ti­zen­ship Case Pro­cess­ing Cen­tre moves to Ed­mon­ton, says the re­port.

The re­port sug­gests Ve­gre­ville could lose up to 420 peo­ple, or 7.3 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, and the town be­lieves about 130 stu­dents would be lost from lo­cal schools. It could also lead to a 30 per cent de­crease in home prices.

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