HANSARD: Will the Prime Minister do his part so that refugees do not have to sleep on the streets and be rendered homeless this winter?

House of Commons Hansard #258 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session
Oral Questions
November 29th, 2023 / 2:55 p.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, this summer, Canadians saw refugees rendered homeless in the city of Toronto. With pressure, the federal government finally agreed to provide some support, but it is not enough. Tonight, another refugee family will be turned away from a shelter because it is full. As the nights get colder, things will only get worse. Mayor Olivia Chow negotiated a historic new deal with the Province of Ontario that calls on the federal government to deliver for refugees.

Will the Prime Minister do his part so that refugees do not have to sleep on the streets and be rendered homeless this winter?

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, over the past number of years, we have transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to cities across the country, including Toronto, to support them with the challenges they are facing with overburdened shelters, and with people seeking solace and places to sleep. We are going to continue to be there as partners to the City of Toronto.

We are glad to see the Province of Ontario finally stepping up to do its part, but we need to continue to all work together. The province needs to do more to take on its responsibilities, and we will continue to be there as a partner in keeping Canadians, and all who come to this country, safe and warm.

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