The federal government is deploying about 100 Canadian soldiers to build a temporary camp to house up to 500 asylum seekers near the Canada-United States border in Quebec.
The CBC reports that approximately 1,174 asylum seekers crossed into Quebec in July 2017 - that's up from the 180 people who crossed seeking asylum in July 2016.
Listen to the full audio above. "When the site is completed, the military will return to their home base".
"The Canadian Armed Forces are aware of the hard situation that is requiring significant resources of Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other partners in the area of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle", the military said in a statement. "The Canadian Armed Forces will have no role in security matters", Mr. Le Bouthillier said in an email.
According to an estimate by the union representing Canadian customs workers, between 450 and 700 people are crossing the border every week.
Numerous arrivals are being housed in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium.
"They are hearing that Canada doesn't deport people". Since then, many asylum seekers have tried to get refugee status in Quebec, a French-speaking province.
"There's the United States; this is Canada".
In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called "temporary protected status" following the massive natural disaster that struck their homeland in 2010.
Canada's deportation ban, which was enacted after a 2004 coup and extended after the natural disaster, expired in August 2016.
The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter for refugees arriving from the US.
Representatives from the Quebec immigration, labour and education ministries will give an update about the ongoing response to the influx of asylum seekers crossing illegally from the U.S.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a tougher stance on immigration with plans to cut legal immigration by 50 percent over 10 years.