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How much has Justin Trudeau’s invite to the world’s migrants cost Canadian taxpayers?

This report is intended for Canadian taxpayers to keep track of the costs.

Since Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted an open invitation to the world’s migrants, thousands have accepted the invitation.

Rather than securing our borders or even discouraging migrants from crossing into Canada illegally, the Canadian government has allowed thousands of migrants entry into Canada. 2% of illegal border crossers have been deported.

As a result, in order to accommodate the illegal border crossers, Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for billions of dollars.

There have been endless reports on the cost of illegal border crossers, but it is unclear whether the federal government will develop a plan to stop the flow of illegal border crossers or if they will continue throwing money at the problem caused by the Prime Minister.

This report is intended for Canadian taxpayers to keep track of the costs:

  • In Budget 2019, the government allotted $283 million in new spending intended on covering the healthcare costs of the recent influx of illegal border crossers.
  • In Budget 2019, the government announced $1.18 billion “to support implementation of the Border Enforcement Strategy, and to process 50,000 asylum claims per year, as well as to facilitate removal of failed asylum claimants in a timely manner”
  • According to the non-partisan Parliamentary Budget Officer, processing illegal border crossers alone will exceed $1.1 billion this year.
  • The RCMP has spent over $6.6 million in overtime and maintaining a satellite office for processing illegal border crossers.
  • Since 2016, the Canadian Border Services Agency has deported seven people using chartered flights, costing taxpayers a total of $821,157
  • The 2018 federal budget devoted $173.2 million over two years to support intake of illegal border crossers
  • 43 residents near Roxham Road are eligible for a total of $375,000 in compensation for increase in traffic and “disturbances”
  • On June 1st, 2018, the federal government pledged $50 million in aid for provinces and municipalities affected by illegal migrants  
  • On July 16th, 2018, the Liberals announce that $11 million in aid will go directly to the city of Toronto to compensate for housing and shelter shortages due to illegal migrants
  • At the start of 2019, the federal government revealed a plan to give the provinces another $114 million in extra funds to deal with the situation
  • On January 25th, 2019, the federal government provided the city of Toronto with an additional $15 million to address shelter shortages due to illegal border crossers
  • The government has committed $6 million to provide temporary housing to asylum seekers in British Columbia.
  • Manitoba to get $5 million more to house illegal border crossers, in addition to the $3 million Manitoba received in 2018.
  • Government sinks $50 million into holding facility for illegal border crossers.
  • Quebec will be receiving $250 million from the federal government for the costs of handling illegal border crossers from 2017 to 2018.
  • The Department of Immigration transferred a total of $372 million to provincial and municipal governments to cover the costs provinces and cities have incurred because of illegal migration.

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