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Building a Sanctuary City

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In 2012, we co-founded the Solidarity City Network to organize to declare Toronto Canada's first Sanctuary City. In February 2013, we won a policy and in June 2014 implementation steps were established.

Right now we are working with Toronto City staff to ensure their promise becomes a reality and supporting other cities across Ontario to pass similar policies.

Visit our coalition website at to get the latest info. If you are being denied municipal services, and want to organize with us, get in touch. If you're a Toronto city staff person and want to be part of the campaign, send us an anonymous email.

Confronting deportations

In 2014, Canada deported 19,000 people. These were the people that were physically forced on to planes and separated from their families and communities. That is 52 deportations a day, over half of which take place in the GTA. This number doesn't include the large numbers of people who are coerced to leave by immigration enforcement, because their permits are not extended.

No One Is Illegal - Toronto supports individual families and communities resisting deportation. Get in touch with us at and tell us about yourself. Please note that because of high volume of requests, we are not able to provide lawyers in most cases.

Scroll below to see our latest actions and updates on individual deportations and the collective deportation regime.

Fighting unjust immigration policies

As we fight for freedom to move, return and stay, we organize against unjust immigration policies. This includes public education on impacts of regressive laws, protests and direct actions to stop the laws from passing, confronting decision makers and building pressure in the mainstream media.

Scroll below to see our latest actions and updates on current immigration policies in place.

May Day of Action for Status for All

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Since 2006, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has organized an annual rally and march to coincide for migrant justice to coincide with International Workers Day. Since 2010, the rally and march has taken place on May 1st, International Workers Day itself, and is currently coordinated with a number of radical grassroots organizations in the city.

Scroll below for calls outs and report-backs for each of the years. Join us again on May 1st to build an anti-capitalist movement for justice that fights alongside racialized migrants and non-status people.

Toronto City Hall Committee defers decision on police collusion with border services

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On May 21st, The Toronto Police Services presented a report to Toronto City Hall's Community Development and Recreations Committee saying that their practices of racial profiling, carding, and handing over non-status migrants to immigration enforcement is in line with ensuring access without fear for undocumented Torontonians.

Migrants and their allies mobilized to pack the committee and insist that this report must be rejected and that the City of Toronto needs to step in and demand an end to racial profiling, and police collusion with immigration enforcement.

Racist policing, particularly the practice of carding means that Toronto Police regularly stops Black and Brown people in the city of Toronto. When Police do a warrant search or call immigration, and learn that the person does not have immigration status, they are handed over to immigration enforcement and often swiftly deported.

Similarly, when racialized people call the police, sometimes the Police will ID everyone involved, and upon finding out about someone's lack of immigration status, hand them over to immigration enforcement. Thus the vast number of deportations that take place - about 30 people every day or over 10,000 each year just in Toronto - take place as a result of Toronto Police's actions.

May Day 2015: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win.

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For the past ten years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has organized the city’s Annual May Day of Action for the celebration and reassertion of our commitment to migrant justice struggles and decolonization.

This year, we were part of a coalition of three community groups: No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN). For our 10th May Day, we joined thousands of community members, friends, and supporters to rally and march, holding up a banner that read “Migrants don’t steal jobs. Capitalists and Corporations do”.

Although Canada continues to enact policies and legislation that facilitate the global temporariness and casualization of labor by allowing corporate greed and racist border enforcement to collude and entrench a revolving door immigration policy, it is migrant workers who have been wrongfully scapegoated for what capitalism has brought. To this effect, we insisted: #KnowYourEnemy.

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