Government of Canada provides funds to Emerson-Franklin to ease pressures on first responders

News Release

March 6, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced a $30,000 contribution to emergency services in Emerson-Franklin, Manitoba. This funding will help ease short-term financial pressures on local volunteer firefighters, who serve as First Responders to many types of emergency situations in the community.

Minister Goodale visited the community this past weekend and had the opportunity to meet with members and employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency, as well as local volunteers and emergency responders to thank them for their work.


“The municipality of Emerson-Franklin and its emergency workers have stepped up to help asylum seekers in their community in the last months. We are grateful for their generosity and goodwill in dealing with the situation. This contribution will help local emergency services to continue their excellent work.”

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Our first responders exemplify the best of our community. We have been proud of their compassionate and professional response to those who have sought asylum in Canada. This contribution will help they continue to respond effectively to this situation, while providing ongoing essential services to the community.”

Greg Janzen, Reeve of Emerson-Franklin

Quick Facts

  • The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act requires that every person seeking to enter Canada must appear for an examination at a port of entry to determine whether that person has a right to enter Canada, or may become authorized to enter and remain in Canada.

  • The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) play an instrumental role in protecting Canada’s border, deterring and intercepting illegal entry to Canada and keeping Canadians safe.

  • CBSA, the RCMP and its domestic and international partners work together to intercept individuals who enter Canada illegally. The RCMP is responsible for border security in between ports of entry, while the CBSA is responsible for border security at ports of entry and inland.


Scott Bardsley
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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