Up to 450 asylum seekers are to move into hotels across the GTA from the student residences at Centennial College and Humber College where they’ve been currently residing since the end of May, these asylum seekers were scheduled to move out by August 9 to make room for students returning in the fall.
These refugees will be living in hotel rooms until September 30 courtesy the federal government who is footing the bill. The hotel rooms have been booked in Mississauga, Markham and Etobicoke.
It is the view of the Ontario government that the federal government should foot the entire bill for supporting asylum seekers as the burden on Toronto alone is not alright. It has estimated that the refugee crisis has cost the city $74 million.
Peel Region has already taken in almost 100 of the refugees, who are now living in hotels.
Meanwhile last Sunday protesters in Markham almost came to blows with opponents as they held up signs opposing refugees seeking temporary shelter in Markham, and a group says it will circulate a petition outside the main entrance of the city’s municipal building on Wednesday.
It is not clear how the federal government is going to deal with the asylum seeker issue as hundreds continue to stream across the border every month and unless there is a proper plan put in place, this could end up costing taxpayers millions of dollars and risks creating a wave of hostility toward asylum seekers who are increasingly being viewed as economic refugees by a section of Canadians because they many of them have flown into the US and made their way directly to Canada. -CINEWS