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Ottawa Offers $750 Million to Quebec for Newcomer Support Amid Immigration Dispute

Quebec City, Quebec – In the midst of escalating tensions over immigration policy and financial responsibility, Ottawa has extended a $750 million offer to Quebec to bolster support for newcomers, signaling a tentative step towards reconciliation amidst a heated dispute.

The offer comes as Quebec continues to press for $1 billion in compensation from the federal government to mitigate the strain on social services caused by the influx of over half a million temporary immigrants between 2021 and 2023. Premier François Legault’s government has been vocal in its demands for reimbursement, citing the unprecedented demand for social assistance and the associated financial burden on the province.

Following a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Legault in Quebec City, where discussions centered on immigration and bilateral agreements, Ottawa’s offer of financial assistance represents a significant development in the ongoing dialogue between the two governments.

While Quebec had hoped for a larger sum to address the pressing needs of newcomers, Premier Legault expressed a degree of disappointment at the federal government’s refusal to commit to quantifiable targets for reducing temporary immigration levels. Despite this, Legault acknowledged the urgency of the situation and emphasized Quebec’s determination to pursue further support.

In addition to the financial offer, Ottawa has signaled openness to imposing French language requirements on certain categories of temporary immigrants, addressing a key concern for Quebec. However, tensions persist as Quebec seeks additional measures to alleviate the strain on its public services and reduce wait times for issuing work permits to refugee claimants.

The federal government’s offer of $750 million represents a significant investment in newcomer support and underscores Ottawa’s recognition of the challenges facing Quebec. As discussions continue between the two governments, the path forward remains uncertain, with both sides navigating complex issues of governance, finance, and immigration policy.

GTA Today will continue to monitor developments in this ongoing dispute and provide updates as the situation evolves.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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