Federal government announces help for Toronto amid flood of asylum seekers

Hotel rooms are being booked to house asylum seekers in Toronto until a more permanent solution can be found.

City officials have been appealing to the federal government for help amidst a flood of irregular border crossers.

Federal Border Security Minister Bill Blair announced this morning that work is underway to develop a triage system aimed at diverting refugee claimants to other communities, but that likely won't be in place until at least the end of the month.

As of August 2, there were approximately 376 people in the dorms.

The City of Toronto has now received $11 million in federal funding to help mitigate some of the cost it has incurred up to this point. 

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