Sanctuary Consequences: Toronto Can’t Take Any More Illegal Border Crossers Says Mayor

It seems even ‘sanctuary cities’ have their limits.

A while back, Toronto city council made the virtue-signalling move of declaring Toronto a ‘sanctuary city,’ meaning people in Canada illegally could get access to taxpayer funded social services without having to establish their legal residency.

While the move was mostly about optics, it certainly sent a message that Toronto was the place to go for people who entered Canada in violation of our border. And it’s no surprise that Toronto has turned out to be the ‘preferred destination’ of the illegal border crossers who are being brought to the city at taxpayer expense.

But now, it turns out that reality of being a sanctuary city is far tougher than the good feels from making the statement.

As reported by the National Post, Toronto Mayor John Tory has sent a letter to federal MPs, saying the city can’t handle any more illegal border crossers (aka refugees and asylum seekers). Here’s what he said:

“Tomorrow, Toronto City Council will consider the attached report from our City Manager advising that Toronto has no further ability to accommodate new arrivals of refugee or asylum seekers in our system. (A)s of August 9, we will have no ability to accommodate the 800 refugees and asylum seekers currently housed on a temporary basis in dormitories at two Toronto colleges. Moving just this population of 800 … would require the emergency closures of multiple community centres in neighbourhoods across the City and the cancellation of public programming – a step the City is not prepared to take.”

Added Tory, “I think we can all agree that having the City scramble to find emergency shelter for each new wave of arrivals is not sustainable. What’s needed is proper housing and proper supports, something the City cannot provide on its own.”

This is where virtue-signalling meets reality, and the reality isn’t good.

It’s simply not sustainable for a country to let their borders be treated like a joke. We must choose who is and who isn’t allowed into Canada, rather than having that choice forced upon us.

It’s also a huge slap in the face to taxpayers – who are already overburdened – to expect them to pay for an ever-increasing number of people in Canada illegally.

John Tory’s belated entrance into reality (though he’ll probably start virtue-signalling right away) should be a lesson for all those – like Justin Trudeau – who think that their virtue-signalling words don’t have consequences. If you call yourself a ‘sanctuary city,’ don’t be surprised when tons of people enter the country illegally seeking ‘sanctuary.’

Spencer Fernando

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Ralph Knapp

When you have a joke running the country, we become the butt of the joke. Toronto didn’t think it through and now all Ontarians pay the price one way or another.


Thr taxpayers of Canada didn’t authorize any areas to be Sanctuary cities. Only Toronto and Montreal offered that. So the federal gov’t foesn’t have the authority to ask all Canadian taxpayers to pay for the enormous cist if social services for these illegals. Put them on a bus snd return them to whence they crossed illegally.

b newstead

Jay, saying, “the federal gov’t doesn’t have the authority to ask Taxpayers to pay…” the fact is: I don’t think it matters to them whether or not they have ‘the authority’, since they tax everyone whatever and whenever they want to and so far, have not asked for permission.


John Tory, now mayor of Toronto, ran for the Ontario Conservatives, but like Tim Hudack they were just lefties who infiltrated the Conservative Party, Like Brian Mulroney in the Federal Conservatives, Lieberal plants all of them. At least John Tory now admits to being a Lieberal, so yes we are a sanctuary city we love to pay for all the illegal immigrants, in Lieberal/NDP Toronto, they always vote this way, so let him raise their taxes to pay for it, then they will lose their businesses, no jobs left collapse the city. As our Lieberals in Ontario closed many hospitals… Read more »


Sanctuary city, Toronto was the decision of Toronto not many others. If they want to make it a sanctuary city then let them pay for it. Not me for illegals. Only 30% are fleeing persecution the other 70% has people fleeing jail time, dangerous offenders, people with phony identities, documentation, 0.3% are terrorists. The rest are just coming here because of economic reasons.


How about Ottawa? Is it a sanctuary city? Send ALL the illegals to Ottawa.

Ted Ross

It would be justice to house as many illegals as possible next to Justines Mansion. Of course he has armed guards protecting his family but I would bet he would squirm if his area of Ottawa was flooded with these people. Maybe we should “Crowd Fund” a hovel to house a hundred or so.


Ottawa is a sanctuary city, too, there are many in Canada, very Lieberal/NDP I agree send them to Ottawa.

Moe S.

I guess Mayor Tory thought ‘sanctuary city’ would mean votes, not thousands of mouths to feed, clothe, and shelter. Now he thinks Trudeau should cover the costs for his sanctuary city. That is like asking for more bail buckets while the hole in the boat is ignored and dismissed, which is pretty much Trudeau’s response to securing the huge hole at the Quebec border.

beverly smith

send them all to Ottawa

tTommy Hawk

As could be expected, the ‘house of cards’ is beginning to wiggle — just prior to collapsing — and anyone with an IQ above 10 could have predicted that, once Trudeau and his Liberals counterparts began seeing themselves adored by immigrants of all stripes and beliefs. The Liberal mindset (read socialist) has been proven throughout history, no matter the title it has carried, as being the most dangerous of all political stripes. It has a record of being responsible for the deaths of millions and the destruction of civilizations around the globe. Perhaps we are reaching the point wherein the… Read more »