Mayor says new refugee shelter to open tonight in Ahuntsic-Cartierville
The Mayor's Office has announced that the City of Montreal will open a new temporary shelter in Ahuntsic-Cartierville to host refugees starting this evening.
Nearly 300 people will be accomodated at the Sisters of Providence building.
In a statement, Mayor Denis Coderre called the building, which is owned by the City, a "well-organized and suitably equipped locale."
He added that finding other temporary accomodations is a priority, with around 250 people arriving in Canada from unofficial land crossings in upstate New York.
Right now, hundreds of refugees are being housed at the Olympic Stadium, and the English Montreal School Board is now using a former school to house refugees, as well. But border services officials say concerns remain that both of those locations could hit their capacity by the end of next week.