Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Border-Crossers-Triage

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Border-Crossers-Triage

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OTTAWA - A long-promised triage system aimed at redirecting irregular border crossers from crowded shelters in Montreal and Toronto will not be in place until as late as the end of September.

The federal government says it's working with individual municipalities across Ontario and must identify available housing capacity before it can roll out the program.

Ottawa announced the system in April after Quebec raised concerns about an influx of asylum seekers flooding temporary housing facilities in Montreal.

Since then, Toronto has also seen a spike in refugee hopefuls converging on its homeless shelters and college dormitories.

Both Quebec and Toronto have called on the feds for help.

Ottawa's response was the promised triage system, which would identify asylum seekers interested in settling in areas outside Montreal or Toronto to await the outcome of their refugee claims. …

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