Government of Canada provides funding to Hamilton to ease temporary housing pressures

News release

August 23, 2019 – Ottawa – The Government of Canada is providing the City of Hamilton with $220,000 as a result of recent costs incurred by the city in providing interim housing to asylum claimants.

Like many other countries, Canada is experiencing a rise in the number of people claiming asylum. Temporary housing has been a key challenge for many provinces and municipalities, as the demand for shelter space has increased, due to asylum claimants seeking Canada’s protection.

The Government of Canada will continue to work with provinces and municipalities to identify longer-term solutions to the pressures they are facing as a result of increased global migration.


“The Government of Canada appreciates Hamilton’s commitment to providing temporary shelter to those in need, including asylum claimants. We remain committed to continuing to work collaboratively to explore how all orders of government can best work together to manage ongoing shelter pressures.”

— The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

“The City of Hamilton has experienced an increase in the number of families claiming asylum who are accessing our emergency shelter system. We welcome the funding from our federal partners to ensure interim housing remains available to asylum claimants.”

— Mayor Fred Eisenberger, City of Hamilton

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Contacts for media only

Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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