Death of a detainee at the Immigration Holding Center in Surrey


On December 25, first responders were called to the Immigration Holding Center in Surrey, British Columbia, after a detainee was found unresponsive.

On-site staff and medical personnel attended to the detainee, conducting resuscitation maneuvers until first responders arrived.

All efforts to revive the detainee were unsuccessful, and the detainee was sadly pronounced deceased by first responders.

The identity of the person was not released due to privacy considerations. The person’s next of kin have been contacted.

As in all cases of death of a person in CBSA custody, provincial authorities are engaged, in this case the Surrey RCMP Police Services and the BC Coroner.

The CBSA informed that it “will also conduct a review of the circumstances of the incident. The health and safety of those in our care is of paramount importance to the CBSA. We take this responsibility very seriously.”