A mosque in Toronto is under investigation by Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner for fundraising efforts to build a “Great Mosque of the North” for the Muslim community.
The Islamic Society of Greater Toronto (ISGTO), which is located at the corner of Queen and University streets in the city’s northwest, is also under investigation over an advertising campaign that was aimed at raising money for the mosque.
The advertisement says the mosque will open its doors to all Mississaugas who want to come to worship at a “Muslim Community Centre” that will be located on the second floor of the former Ontario Power Authority (OPA) building.
The mosque is also the location of the first annual Islamic Women’s Day celebration in May and the mosque hosts its annual Women’s Eid dinner, which is held the last Friday of every month.
The investigation comes after a Mississauga mosque was forced to cancel a planned event in April due to a security threat.
The mosque later apologized for the cancellation and said it was willing to host the event in the future.
“The mosque has been and will continue to be a safe place for people of all faiths and backgrounds to gather and worship.
This investigation is a result of our commitment to provide a safe and welcoming community,” said a statement from ISGTO.
“The investigation is part of a wider investigation and we have cooperated fully with the investigations.”
In a statement, the mosque said the investigation “will continue to focus on the safety and security of our congregation and all our members.”
“While the investigation is ongoing, we are hopeful that we will be able to reopen the mosque and will be fully able to welcome worshippers into our new facility,” the statement said.
“We are committed to serving the needs of all Mississaughts, and welcome all Mississauga residents who are interested in attending our annual celebration.”
The mosque said it has no further comment at this time.