Toronto Becomes a Sanctuary City

I fully support this:

Toronto has made history by affirming itself as a “sanctuary city,” the first Canadian city with a formal policy allowing undocumented migrants to access services regardless of immigration status.

On Thursday, City Council passed the motion by a vote of 37 to 3 that also requires training all city staff and managers to ensure Toronto’s estimated 200,000 non-status residents can access its services without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officers for detention and deportation.

Recently, the Canadian government has become ever more hostile to immigrants and refugees. It’s nice to see a little bit of pushback from a city council.

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.


  1. What services exactly are they allowing “undocumented migrants” access to? Public transportation? The Library? Bumper cars on Toronto Island? I’m O.K. with that too, unless of course it opens the door to allowing the services people really come here for. Free Health Care and Education. Those are none of Toronto’s business to offer or not offer to anyone, that is unless they go ahead and declare themselves a Province (which I wish they’d do anyways.)

  2. Well done Toronto! This is the same city that elected Rob Ford? Weird.

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