The mayor has successfully led a drive to declare Montreal a sanctuary city.
The declaration was adopted unanimously by Montreal city council on Monday afternoon.
It will ensure people without status or documentation will not be reported to federal authorities when they receive city services – and they will have access to those services, including city-funded shelters, housing and food banks.
The motion was put forward by Mayor Denis Coderre, who formerly served as Canada’s immigration minister.
“We can straighten up that situation and find a way to address the undocumented,” said Coderre.
Coderre said he thinks it’s time for Montreal to offer more.
“(We can provide) health care, housing, integration. A lot of these people are victims. They’ve been victims of terrorist acts, they’ve been kicked out of their country or left because of their situation – from sexual orientation to political refugees,” he said. “Some of them …