Hussen pledges $50M for housing for asylum seekers to ease pressure on big cities


The Liberal government is providing $50 million to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba to help ease a housing crunch caused by an influx of asylum seekers.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement on Parliament Hill today, saying the money is just a first instalment in a longer-term funding arrangement.

Quebec will receive the biggest share of the funding - $36 million - while $11 million will go to Ontario and $3 million to Manitoba.

"This is an initial help for immediate needs to meet the requirements for temporary housing, shelter capacity this summer," Hussen said.

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