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Ontario to stop holding immigration detainees in provincial jails

Summary

Ontario has added its name to the list of provinces withdrawing their agreements with the federal government to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails. This follows a campaign led by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that deemed this practice "inherently punitive" and violated Canada's international human-rights obligations. The move also comes after several deaths of detainees in provincial jails and concerns about overcrowding and violence. The CBSA's most recent quarterly report stated that 1,108 people were in detention, with 265 of them in provincial facilities across the country. Between April, 2017 and March, 2021, Canada detained 34,000 people on immigration grounds, with racialized people, especially Black men, being held longer than others. Ontario has been criticized for its jail system in several reports and inquests and has pledged to spend $500-million over five years to improve it.

Q&As

What provinces have withdrawn from their agreements with Ottawa to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails?
Quebec, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario have withdrawn from their agreements with Ottawa to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails.

What are the reasons for ending the practice of holding people on immigration grounds in provincial jails?
The reasons for ending the practice of holding people on immigration grounds in provincial jails include that it is "inherently punitive," harmful to people already suffering mental illness or distress, and violates Canada’s international human-rights obligations. There are also long-standing issues about the overcrowding and violence prevalent in many provincial jails.

How many immigration detainees were held in provincial jails between April 2017 and March 2021?
Between April 2017 and March 2021, Canada detained 34,000 people on immigration grounds in provincial jails and its own facilities.

What recommendations were made in the coroner’s inquest into the 2015 death of a man held for three years pending deportation to Somalia in an Ontario jail?
The coroner’s inquest into the 2015 death of a man held for three years pending deportation to Somalia in an Ontario jail recommended that the federal government end its practice of detaining people on immigration grounds and that the province cease holding such prisoners in its jails.

What measures has the Ontario government taken to improve their jail system?
In 2020, the Ontario government pledged to spend $500-million over five years improving the system.

AI Comments

👍 Ontario is making a great decision to stop holding immigration detainees in provincial jails, which is a positive step toward protecting human rights.

👎 Despite the decision to end the detention agreement with Ottawa, there is still a significant amount of overcrowding and violence in many provincial jails.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about the Ontario government ending their agreement with Ottawa to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails. It follows seven other provinces who have done the same after a campaign from human-rights groups.

Friend: Wow, so what's the implication of that?

Me: Well, it means that immigration detainees will no longer be held in provincial jails, which is a good thing because they have been subject to overcrowding, violence, and even solitary confinement, which is against their human rights. However, the federal government will now have to find another way to manage immigrants who are deemed unlikely to show up for their hearings or who are considered a risk to public safety. It's also been found that racialized people, especially Black men, are held in detention longer than others, so hopefully this change will help to address that issue.

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Technical terms

Solicitor General
The Solicitor General is a cabinet position in the government responsible for public safety and law enforcement.
CBSA
The Canada Border Services Agency is a federal law enforcement agency responsible for border control, immigration enforcement, and customs services.
Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a global human rights organization that works to protect people from injustice and abuse.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is an international non-governmental organization that promotes and defends human rights.
Solitary Confinement
Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment in which an inmate is isolated from any human contact, often in a small cell, for a period of time.
Overcrowding
Overcrowding is a situation in which a space is filled with more people or things than it can comfortably accommodate.
Racialized
Racialized is a term used to describe people who are subject to racism or racial discrimination.
COVID-19
COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus.

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