Montreal's Olympic Stadium will no longer house asylum seekers

Sep 6 2017, 4:50 pm

The temporary housing set up for asylum seekers at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is now closed.

In August the stadium opened as a temporary welcome centre to house centre to house the asylum seekers, the majority of them being Haitian entering from the US.

According to CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, the closure was planned for September 18.

But the closing was accelerated “due to the significant number of departures from the site and the diminishing number of asylum seekers arriving over the last several days.”

The Havre Providence de Boucherville will also close its doors to temporary asylum seekers.

“The diminishing number of asylum seekers is allowing the relocation of clients in shelters on the Island of Montreal and in Laval. This is also the reason why the Havre Providence de Boucherville residential centre will close on Wednesday, September 6,” said CIUSSS.

Despite the shelter’s closing, the city’s health and social services network will maintain sufficient capacity to accommodate asylum seekers.

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