Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Preparing to Dole out Welfare to Asylum Seekers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Preparing to Dole out Welfare to Asylum Seekers

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Quebec asylum seekers to get welfare

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Quebec will begin handing out welfare cheques to as many as 4,000 asylum seekers next week, the province's employment minister said Thursday.

"Quebec has responsibilities in immigration," Francois Blais told a news conference.

"Now they'll be getting welfare, they'll be able to rent an apartment and get out of temporary accommodation, which is a good thing because it is pretty costly."

While the minimum basic monthly payment will be $623, Blais said recipients will have to undergo a "revenue test" beforehand to determine if they are eligible for all of that amount.

There will also be an additional sum depending on the recipient's family status.

The three-day operation will take place at Montreal's Palais des congres convention centre, beginning next Wednesday. …

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