Canadian army builds tented city to house Haitian arrivals


9, the tents will comfortably house up to 500 people at a time.

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE - Between 1000 and 1200 migrants were waiting to be admitted to Canada on the website of the border post of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, said Friday the Agency Canada border services (CBSA).

Canada deployed dozens of soldiers this week to erect heated tents for migrants crossing the US border from NY into southern Quebec.

Patrick Lefort, the CBSA regional director general for Quebec, said Lacolle border agents can process up to 230 migrants per day.

The Canadian Red Cross is now in charge of the operations at the temporary camp for asylum seekers.

From Jan. 1 to June 30, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - the federal agency responsible for border security between legal crossings - has intercepted 4,345 asylum seekers, according to statistics provided by the federal government.

Last week, Montreal's Olympic Stadium was set up to handle asylum seekers after the YWCA became too crowded, but the stadium is booked for other uses beginning next month, said officials at a news conference, so the tent city is being constructed.

The majority of those asylum seekers, or 3,350 people, crossed into Quebec, while 646 crossed into Manitoba and 332 people crossed into British Columbia.

The Royal Victoria Hospital, which shut in 2015 due to age, will also be opened and can accommodate about 320 people.

Most are Haitian nationals, many of whom have been living in the USA for years but who now fear deportation when the temporary protection status the US granted Haitians after the 2010 quake expires next January.

He took the opportunity to launch a message to asylum seekers who wish to enter the country via the path Roxham.