The Government of Canada funds City of Toronto initiative to address temporary housing for asylum claimants

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The Government of Canada announced today that it will provide the City of Toronto with $17 million in funding to support an initiative to relieve pressure on its shelter system due to the increased number of asylum claimants.

The City of Toronto will lead the initiative, through arrangements with neighbouring municipalities that are willing to work together to strengthen the region’s combined capacity to provide interim housing support to asylum claimants.

Through this collaborative effort, the City of Toronto will provide reception and initial shelter to families before transporting them to neighbouring cities if necessary. To date, Toronto has established arrangements with the regions of Peel and Durham and the City of Hamilton.