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Diane Francis

Editor-in-Chief of the Financial Post newspaper

About 30% of immigrants who come to Canada each year are sponsored. Agreements are that they will support them for up to 10 years. One Immigration spokesman guessed that at least 10% of sponsors default, but no one knows for sure. Ontario got 120,000 of the 236,000 immigrants in 1996 and ended up with a huge tab. Its Social Services Ministry spends up to $160-million a year supporting 17,000 welfare recipients whose sponsors have reneged.

Oct. 16, 1999 - from "Immigrant Boondoggles", published in the Financial Post