Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said the Canada Border Services Agency will not deport anyone who has had their refugee claim rejected, or is deemed inadmissible to Canada, to a country coping with a hurricane.
After the storm has passed, an evaluation will be carried out on the ground to determine its impact.
If the country is deemed safe, removals could continue. But widespread devastation could lead to a suspension of deportations, as happened after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Those postponements could last for months or even years.
“What happens really depends on the circumstance,” Bardsley said.
Canada has seen a wave of asylum seekers, including Haitian citizens, crossing over from the U.S. in recent months.
Hundreds have been streaming across the border at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. Many of them have been living in the U.S. under temporary protection status granted after the 2010 earthquake.
That is set to expire in January, because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security now considers Haiti a safe country.