As Illegal Border Crossings Continue, Toronto Asks For More Money To Handle Shelter Shortage

Toronto Mayor John Tory says ‘refugee’ claimants will soon make up over half of those using shelters in Toronto. Imagine if Andrea Horwath’s ‘sanctuary province’ proposal happens…

The continued surge of illegal border crossers is putting an increased strain on the Toronto shelter system, and the city is now asking for help.

According to the CP, “The mayor of Toronto says the city will need to open an emergency reception centre over the next seven days to deal with an influx of refugees claimants. The federal and Ontario governments should take action to relieve the growing pressure refugee claimants are putting on the city’s shelter system, John Tory said Friday, as he asked for support on the issue.”

The report notes “Tory said he’s looking for a number of things from Ottawa and the province, including co-ordination and leadership to help with the immediate placement of new arrivals outside of the city’s shelter system.”

Tory is asking for $64.5 million in cost reimbursement from the government, and wants staff from either the provincial or federal government to manage the placement of claimants.

Meanwhile, Andrea Horwath – currently in second place in the Ontario election – wants the entire province to be a ‘sanctuary province,’ which would make the current shelter shortage look like a walk in the park.

Of course, every dollar spent dealing with illegal border crossers is a dollar that can’t be spent helping those the government is actually supposed to be serving: Canadian citizens.

With many citizens still living in poverty, homelessness on the rise, and Veterans going without the help they need, many are disturbed to see how much money is being spent on those who have violated Canada’s laws and crossed into our country illegally. It’s a totally broken set of priorities.

Spencer Fernando

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