Ontario says Ottawa should pay for the 'mess' caused by illegal border crossers

The Ontario government says Ottawa is to blame for a housing crisis caused by people crossing the border illegally and should pay 100 per cent of the cost.

A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford says the federal government is encouraging people to cross into Canada illegally and is responsible for the ``mess'' that has caused.

The comments come as Ford prepares to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Ontario legislature.

The federal government recently pledged to give Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba $50 million to help offset some of the costs incurred due to the influx of asylum seekers illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border.

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has said the money is meant to help address some of the immediate temporary housing needs in those provinces.

Ontario signed an immigration agreement with Ottawa in November of last year.