The agency that processes refugee claims in Canada estimated it would need almost four times as much money as it is getting to tackle a major backlog in asylum claims, caused in part by an influx of irregular migrants.
Documents obtained under access-to-information law show the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) drafted estimates in November 2017 showing it would need $140 million a year, plus an additional $40 million in one-time costs, to process 36,000 extra refugee cases annually.
That's the number of cases the board would need to complete to cut the backlog while also dealing with new asylum claims.
The government ultimately earmarked $74 million for the IRB, over two years, in last year's federal budget to address Canada's refugee backlog.
This amount will not go far enough, the IRB said in a "key messages" document circulated within the department.