Toronto has gone into emergency mode to deal with mostly Muslim and some Haitian illegal alien refugee claimants from Quebec who crossed the border into Canada from the United States. The already overwhelmed homeless shelter system in Toronto, is warning that community centres could soon be transformed into temporary housing.
The Star Starting Thursday, refugee claimants arriving in Toronto without shelter will be housed at the Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre in Scarborough. Concerns were raised last week by the Quebec government over the mounting pressures caused by the tens of thousands of illegal asylum seekers pouring into the province over the last year.
The 400 beds there will be augmented by another 400 beds at Humber College in Etobicoke but the spaces could be full within 60 to 70 days, city staff told reporters Wednesday. In early August the homeless residents will all have to leave the dorms as students return.
“At that time, the city’s emergency protocol may require the use of municipal facilities, including active city community centres, to relocate refugee claimants in Toronto and accommodate new arrivals,” the city said in a news release.
The wave of illegals via U.S. land crossings started in late 2016 with the election victory of President Donald Trump, who threatened the removal of undocumented migrants.
Last month, after Quebec said it was overwhelmed by the influx, federal officials said they started working on a “triage” plan that could see newcomers fast-tracked to Ontario.
The Ontario government has offered the dorm space and committed up to $3 million in Red Cross staffing costs as part of the anticipated $6.3 million total cost of operating the contingency sites for the next 75 days.