Morning Update: The $1-billion cost of asylum-seeker spike; the new head of Ontario’s police force

The federal government is on pace to spend eight figures over three years, according to a report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The average cost for each migrant who entered Canada between border crossings – nearly 38,000 since January of 2017 – is $14,321 for the entire refugee claim process, and the figure is predicted to rise to $16,666 as waiting times in the system get longer. Ottawa spent an estimated $340.2-million last year, $367.8-million in the current fiscal year and a projection of $395.9-million in 2019-20. The PBO figures don’t factor in the costs for provinces; Ontario has said it has spent $200-million to provide assistance on housing and other areas.

Refugees cross at Roxham Road in Quebec

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