Quebec province has warned Ottawa that it has reached the limit of its ability to accommodate irregular migrants and will no longer accept them into its temporary shelters in Montreal as of April 24.
Quebec has 1,850 temporary shelters in four centers in Montreal, and these institutions are already 75% occupied. Immigration Minister David Heurtel says he will not go beyond the 85% threshold in order to maintain flexibility for asylum-seekers who use regular channels.
After the number of irregular migrants tripled last year, their number has increased even more significantly since the beginning of 2018. Already, the number of irregular migrants for this year is three times higher than during the same period last year.
In addition to the shelters, the educational, health, and social services of the Montreal area are already stretched to their limits to accommodate this influx, which will be added to those of 2017 that are still being supported by the provincial services, and which must now be limited, according to Quebec.