The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness said it has been an unusual turn of events in the last few months with cross border migration from the U.S. on foot, and sometimes in extreme cold weather.
Ralph Goodale said the integrity of Canada’s borders and our immigration system remain intact and all laws have been properly and effectively enforced.
He added the country is not at its peak of migration that it has experienced in the past.
The numbers are up from the past two years, but substantially down from 2008 but if the current trend of cross border migration continues, that could change.
The RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency have been able to handle the situation so far with re-allocations of resources.
Goodale said they haven’t had a request yet from either for additional help.
The federal government is analyzing the data on people crossing the border, which includes identification, where they have come from, their circumstances and their reasons for crossing the border.
Goodale visited Saskatoon on Wednesday for a federal funding announcement of $3-million for the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.