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Ottawa pledges $362 million to provinces, cities to temporarily house asylum seekers

By The Canadian Press on January 31, 2024.

The federal government is pledging an additional $362 million to help provinces and cities temporarily house asylum seekers. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller made the announcement on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – The federal government is pledging an additional $362 million to help provinces and cities temporarily house asylum seekers.

Immigration Minister Mark Miller announced the top-up to the federal interim housing assistance program on Parliament Hill earlier today.

He says Ottawa sees an immediate need to provide support that reflects the impact of asylum claims across the country, but that longer-term changes are needed.

As of last week, about 7,300 asylum claimants in need of housing were staying in 4,000 hotel rooms in six provinces.

Miller says the city of Toronto will get a “significant amount” of the new money.

He says the program is far from perfect and it’s a short-term response to record numbers of asylum claims.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 31, 2024.

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