Based on the investigative reporting of Graeme Gordon at True North.
A Syrian man who crossed Canada’s border illegally at Roxham Road with his family described his treatment in Canada’s refugee hotels as “five star”.
The man and his family are staying at the Studio 6 hotel in Toronto, where he is afforded cleaning services, free WiFi, cable, laundry service and a $600 monthly food allowance.
“They provide everything. It’s good. Compared to U.S., it’s five star,” said the man.
Before arriving in Canada, the man and his family were located in Chicago, where they lived for five years as refugees.
According to city official Greg Seraganian, the hotel has been on contract since March 12, 2018 and is up for renewal.
Two other Toronto hotels are also closed to the public due to refugees, including the Toronto Plaza Hotel and Radisson Hotel Toronto East.
“More recently, the City added over 2,500 motel beds at its own cost to respond to this increased demand. From 2016 to the end of 2018, the City incurred over $65 million in costs to fund these additional beds,” said Seragnian.