WATCH: Another shelter for migrants opens in city's north end
Another shelter has opened its doors in the north-end Ahuntsic-Cartierville district to handle the flood of migrants and asylum seekers that have been streaming into Quebec from the U.S.
The Residence Notre-Dame de la Providence on Grenet St., a one-time convent, has now been made available by the city.
It was purchased by the city in 2016 for $4.6 million, in the hopes that it will one day be transformed into a cultural centre with library facilities.
Dozens of asylum seekers fleeing the U.S., many of them Haitians, have been arriving each day for the past week or so. Many of them apparently feared that a change in U.S. immigration policy would mean they would be sent back to Haiti.
Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been pressed into service as a temporary shelter, as was a community centre in Riviere-des-Priaires.