The federal government plans to spend $1.18 billion over the next five years to tighten border security and speed up the processing of asylum claims.
The plan, announced Tuesday in the 2019 federal budget, seeks to stem the flow of asylum seekers entering Canada at unofficial entry points.
More money is being allocated for the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP.
Money will also be added for immigration and refugee legal aid.
As well, three new Federal Court judges will be appointed to ensure faster processing of appeals by asylum seekers whose claims are rejected.
Asylum seekers avoid official ports of entry because they would be subject to the rules of the Safe Third Country agreement and forced to return to the United States.
A report in May, 2018 found that fewer than one per cent of 28,000 asylum seekers who had crossed into Canada since the beginning of 2017 had been removed from the country.
Immigration is expected to be a major issue in this fall’s federal election.
With files from CP, CBC, CTV