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Ontario, Saskatchewan call on feds to help fund health, employment aid for asylum seekers

Federal immigration minister, Ontario minister blast each other for ‘lack of cooperation’
WATCH: Ontario's minister of children, community and social services Lisa MacLeod and Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen exchanged fiery statements after Ontario refused to sign on to a joint communique following a ministers' meeting in Winnipeg.

Ontario and Saskatchewan are calling on the federal government to pick up more of the costs of dealing with asylum seekers.

The two provinces issued a joint statement yesterday following a meeting in Winnipeg of ministers responsible for immigration in which they refused to sign the final joint communique.

READ MORE: Ontario MPP Lisa MacLeod slams ‘bully’ Ahmed Hussen as immigration dispute heats up

Ontario’s Lisa MacLeod says the province fully supports legal immigration but Ottawa needs to fully fund a solution to what she called the border crisis.

Saskatchewan’s Jeremy Harrison says his province wants Ottawa to fully fund health, social assistance and employment supports for asylum seekers and recently arrived government-assisted refugees.

Earlier in the conference Macleod demanded an apology from federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen for saying Ontario is promoting fear about asylum seekers.

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WATCH: Canada’s immigration minister ‘very concerned’ over comments made by Doug Ford on immigration

Canada’s immigration minister ‘very concerned’ over comments made by Doug Ford on immigration
Canada’s immigration minister ‘very concerned’ over comments made by Doug Ford on immigration

Hussen has called Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s position on asylum seekers divisive, dangerous and not Canadian.

Ontario says it is facing rising shelter costs related to asylum seekers, and Ottawa hasn’t promised enough financial support.