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PROVINCES GET $50M TO DEFRAY COSTS OF MIGRANT INFLUX

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The federal government will provide $50 million to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba to help them recover some of the costs of the influx of asylum seekers illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border. Immigratio­n Minister Ahmed Hussen said the money is not a final payment to these provinces for border-crosser costs, but is meant to help address some of the immediate housing needs in those provinces. Quebec, which has seen the majority of asylum seekers this year arriving through a forest path in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, will receive $36 million. Ontario will get $11 million and Manitoba $3 million. The provinces have asked for much more, with Quebec seeking $146 million and the city of Toronto alone saying it needs $64 million to recover asylum-seeker costs. Hussen said compensati­on negotiatio­ns will continue.

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