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Against borders, against prisons. Stop the Laval migrant prison.

In 2016 the federal government announced the construction of a new migrant detention center in Laval. 

This prison, which is anticipated to hold up to 158 migrants, is intended to be built on Correctional Service of Canada grounds, right beside Leclerc prison, and is slated to open in 2021. While the Liberal government is attempting to spin this project as a more humane way to detain migrants, we call it what it is — a prison, and know that this is simply prettier window dressing on a violent system of imprisonment and deportation, one that keeps people locked in cages while tearing apart families and communities. We want a world without prisons or colonial borders, a world where people, not states, can decide how they can move and where they can stay. Stopping the construction of the Laval Immigration Detention Centre is one step in the struggle to tear down migrant prisons everywhere.

Block new prisons from being built and shut down the old ones!

This site is an information clearinghouse for news, analysis, and materials related to the struggle against the Laval Immigration Detention Centre.


Prison mockup - aerial view
Operational by 2021.
Next to Leclerc Prison in Laval, QC.
Capacity of up to 158 people.

Recent News:

Tisseur Protest Kicks off Fall of Action against New Migrant Prison in Laval (Solidarity Across Borders)

Over 70 people gathered in front of Tisseur’s offices for the first of a series of actions determined to expose the violence of Canada’s system of detention. The festive action featured live klezmer music and speakers from multiple organizations opposed to the new prison.

Continue Reading Tisseur Protest Kicks off Fall of Action against New Migrant Prison in Laval (Solidarity Across Borders)

22 August – Protest the new migrant prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

Join us for the first of a series of public actions in opposition to the new Laval migrant prison! These actions will take place on Thursdays at noon at various locations, culminating in a multi-city day of action on October 3rd.
On Aug 22nd, we will be gathering in front of the Val-David headquarters of Tisseur Inc for a family-friendly, public, information-picket. Tisseur was recently awarded a $50 million contract to oversee construction of the new Laval prison, with initial work already begun.

Continue Reading 22 August – Protest the new migrant prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

Poetry, Painting, Pinatas and Pumpkin Muffins against Prisons: Temporary Land Occupation in Laval (Solidarity Across Borders)

On July 27th, migrant justice activists held a picnic on the site where the Canadian government proposes building a new prison for migrants in Laval. Surrounded by prisons, the event was a temporary occupation of the site; a transformation through poetry, painting, music, dance and laughter; an incitation to reclaim the site for community, to close prisons and open borders.

Continue Reading Poetry, Painting, Pinatas and Pumpkin Muffins against Prisons: Temporary Land Occupation in Laval (Solidarity Across Borders)

General Contractor Announced: Take Action against the New Migrant Prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

The press conference aimed to send a clear message to Yannick Tisseur, president of Construction Tisseur: this is not a neutral project. By accepting this contract, you are taking sides, helping to deprive people of their freedom and safety. You are positioning yourself on the side of a violent system of global apartheid based on wealth and privilege.

Continue Reading General Contractor Announced: Take Action against the New Migrant Prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

Tisseur Inc. Awarded GC Contract to Build Migrant Prison (MTL Counter-info)

The CBSA quietly awarded the GC contract to a company based in Val David called Tisseur Inc. Tisseur is a construction company with a history of building schools and bridges, and at $50 million, this is by far the biggest contract they have received to date. They have already posted over a dozen job listings online since signing this contract.

Continue Reading Tisseur Inc. Awarded GC Contract to Build Migrant Prison (MTL Counter-info)

June 11th: Lemay Vice President’s Car Set on Fire (MTL Counter-info)

On the day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, the BMW belonging to André Cardinal, parked in front of his private residence in NDG, was set on fire. André Cardinal is the Vice President of Lemay, the architecture firm designing the migrant prison in Laval.

May fires burn for all that the worlds of prison and borders have stolen from us.

Continue Reading June 11th: Lemay Vice President’s Car Set on Fire (MTL Counter-info)


Related events:

22 August – Protest the new migrant prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

Join us for the first of a series of public actions in opposition to the new Laval migrant prison! These actions will take place on Thursdays at noon at various locations, culminating in a multi-city day of action on October 3rd.
On Aug 22nd, we will be gathering in front of the Val-David headquarters of Tisseur Inc for a family-friendly, public, information-picket. Tisseur was recently awarded a $50 million contract to oversee construction of the new Laval prison, with initial work already begun.

More info… 22 August – Protest the new migrant prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

Rage for Lucy – protest (Solidarity Across Borders)

When: Saturday, 13 April 2019, 11am-3pm

Bus departure point: Metro Henri Bourassa

Join us in a protest outside the detention centre to express our rage at racist and colonial prisons used to cage Lucy and other friends and neighbours. Together, we will deliver a message of solidarity to people currently inside, and mark our outrage that the state is investing an additional 130$ million in its system to detain and deport migrants and their families.

More info… Rage for Lucy – protest (Solidarity Across Borders)