Another asylum seeker wave coming to Cornwall

In this provided photo, portable showers are set up in a parking lot at Nav Center in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. A federal government official will tell Cornwall City Council next week on the plans to house asylum seekers in the city. (Patrick Nelson via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – An east-end conference center is ramping up plans to accept another wave of people illegally entering Canada through the Canada-U.S. border.

City council will hear Monday (Aug. 13) from the director general of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in charge of the domestic network.

Louis Dumas will provide information to councillors on the housing of so-called asylum seekers at Nav Center in Cornwall.

Meantime, earlier this week, a fenced area was being put up on the grounds of the Montreal Road facility as well as a dining area and showers.

It was a year ago at this time (August 2017) that up to 800 asylum seekers arrived in Cornwall and stayed at Nav Center for about two weeks.

In Toronto, 600 refugee claimants were being moved into hotel rooms in the GTA who have been in college dormitories since May. With college starting in September, they had to be moved out. The city has been dealing with an asylum seeker crisis.

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