Federal government reviewing immigration detention process after string of deaths
Monday, May 16, 2016

The Canadian government said it "can and must do better" when it comes to taking care of immigration detainees after Toronto refugee advocates repeated warnings that sick and mentally ill detainees are often held in provincial jails. 

Two men held by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) died in two separate incidents in Ontario this spring, while a 24-year-old man detainee died at the Edmonton Remand Centre on Saturday.

The End Immigration Detention Network said across Canada 15 people have died in immigration detention while in CBSA custody since 2000.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who has said previously that he's concerned about the deaths, revealed in a statement released Sunday that the Liberal government is reviewing the detention program.

"The government is examining CBSA's National immigration detention program and how best to provide the agency with appropriate review mechanisms," Goodale's office said.

The statement noted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees considers Canada's refugee system as among the best in the world, but "we can and must do better."

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Source: CBC