Demonstrators gathered outside of the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario on 16 February, showing solidarity with the prisoners through giving speeches, marching around the prison, and calling to the inmates. The rally was to demand the release of 150 men from Toronto and the surrounding area being held for immigration matters.
The current laws in Canada allow an immigrant to be detained with no time limit in a medium to maximum security prison with seasoned criminals as opposed to an immigration detention centre. According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, it costs on average about £155 a day to detain one migrant in Canada—that adds to an overall £35 million a year for detainment based on non-criminal immigration affairs.
Sponsored by the End Immigration Detention Network, the rally included family members that travel hours to see their loved ones at the prison, fearing for their safety in conditions described by one previous inmate as "hell." That day, the network released a statement of their demands, including "an end to maximum security detention in provincial jails for migrants; a limit of 90 days that migrants can be held in detention pending deportation as per international best practices; and overhaul of the detention review process."