The Toronto Star is reporting that Ottawa is actively lobbying provincial authorities to cut refugees off welfare "as soon as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued an 'enforceable removal order' against them."
According to the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services, there were 1,390 social assistance recipients terminated in Ontario between April 2004 and March 2013 with “unsuccessful refugee claimant” as the primary reason. By comparison, 502 recipients were cut off for the same reason in the first eight months of this year.
On the surface, it makes sense. If you're not legally allowed to be in Canada, you shouldn't be entitled to taxpayer funded benefits — right?
But critics argue that some of these refugee claimants — who are refused benefits — are still in Canada in the middle of appeal or other administrative procedures (ie: humanitarian applications or requesting ofRead More »from Harper government slammed for cutting welfare to failed refugee claimants still in Canada