UCDSB ready with space, services for refugees

In this undated photo, Stephen Sliwa is the director of education for Upper Canada District School Board. (UCDSB via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The English public school board says it’s ready to make accommodations for asylum seekers should the need arise.

But there has been no requests made as of Monday, the Upper Canada District School Board said in a statement.

Hundreds of refugees are being housed at Nav Center in the building and on the grounds in a tent city – approximately 800 are expected, as they await processing by the immigration ministry.

The four school boards serving Cornwall talked with Ontario Ministry of Education officials on Thursday (Aug. 17) about contingency planning if there was a need for additional lodging.

Director of Education Stephen Sliwa says the board is also assessing school sites and resources should need it need to make schooling available for refugees who clear immigration and decide to stay in the city.

Those resources for newcomers could include community integration, language interpretation and translation.