Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Town's Study Says Closure of Federal Centre Would Be a Major Blow

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Town's Study Says Closure of Federal Centre Would Be a Major Blow

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Town lists costs if federal centre closes

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VEGREVILLE, Alta. - 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, according to the report.

The federal government announced late last year it was relocating the centre, which employs 236 people, by the end of 2018 to improve service.

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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