Toronto Hoping Feds will Cover Shelter Costs for Churches

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow has asked the federal government for more money to help with the city’s shelter crisis.

After months of being over capacity, Toronto City Council last week endorsed a motion asking the federal government for $750-thousand to cover the costs churches and other community organizations incurred while housing asylum seekers.

Chow met with Immigration Minister Marc Miller yesterday, and told reporters afterwards that they would need to know by Monday if the cash is coming, or the city would be forced to cover the costs on behalf of the churches.

Chow also asked for a top up of the city’s portion of $200-million dollars earmarked for Canadian cities in July to help deal with the immigration crisis.

Toronto received $97-million at that time.

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