Friday, October 30

Border Control and Customs

Bonnie Lysyk, Border Control and Customs, Canada, Doug Ford, Ontario

Ontario’s illegal border crosser costs ‘overstated’ but still $81M: Auditor

Ontario spent about $81 million on illegal border crossers over a 16-month period, not the $200 million the Doug Ford government told the public, a new report by the auditor general has found.The report says staff with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services provided the inflated figure, which appears to reflect the cost of providing services to all refugee claimants.The Ford government said publicly that $200 million has been spent in Ontario on services for people crossing into Canada on foot illegally, a tab it said should be picked up by the federal government.“The accuracy of information provided by the ministry to the minister for the public announcement was far off the mark,” auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said. “Senior government officials need to ensure the...