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As Syrian refugees win, Canadians and Alberta oil patch workers lose.
Homeless shelters in British Columbia are seeing a rise in out-of-work Alberta oil patch workers and are forced to turn them away due to overflow, usually summers are slow for homeless shelters, but this year has seen a rise like never before.
The Union Gospel Mission is reporting triple the number of people being turned away this month compared to the same time last year.
“It’s been striking in some cases, how busy we’ve been right through the summer months,” said spokesperson Jeremy Hunka.
“Last year in July we estimate we turned away about 50 individuals… this year that number has jumped to 150,” he said.
It’s a familiar story at the Salvation Army.
Hunka said he’s noticed a significant rise in the number of people staying at the UGM that are not from B.C.
“We’ve been seeing a 50 per cent increase in number of people coming to us from out of province — mostly from Alberta. And that has a lot to do with the downturn in the economy,” said Hunka.
He notes many are oil patch or construction workers.
Coggles said they too are seeing an increase the number of out-of-province shelter seekers, but he believes homelessness in general is on the rise in the city.
“There’s the increase in homelessness, the difficulty in finding suitable longer term rental options and just folks wanting to stay longer in order to work on getting their lives on track,” said Coggles.
With refugees continuing to populate Canada and getting government sponsors everyday from healthcare to personal funding, many Canadians are left to fend for themselves, there’s no true word if Trudeau will start fending for Canadians.
Canadians, especially oil patch workers are forced to be refugees to their own country.