Joint Ministers’ Statement from Ontario and Saskatchewan on Immigration

The following statements were made today by Ontario and Saskatchewan at the conclusion of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Immigration:

“While Ontario fully supports legal immigration and continues to fund a wide range of services to refugees and newcomers of all backgrounds, we will not be signing on to this communiqué. Instead, the Government of Ontario continues to call on the federal government to identify and fully fund a solution to the border crisis that has resulted from federal policy decisions.”

—   The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues

“It is the Government of Saskatchewan’s position that the Government of Canada fully fund supports for asylum seekers that have arisen from recent federal policy decisions. The Government of Saskatchewan also calls on the Government of Canada to fully fund health, social assistance and employment supports for asylum seekers and recently arrived government-assisted refugees. Canada has yet to follow through on a commitment to fully support refugee transition, and there is now added pressure for provinces to also support asylum seekers.”

—   The Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister of Immigration and Career Training

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