Bruce McArthur, who was convicted of the murders of eight men from Toronto’s Gay Village, will spend at least 25 years in prison for his crimes.
The 67-year-old landscaper will be allowed to apply for parole at the age of 91.
Justice John McMahon said he had no doubt McArthur would have killed again if he hadn’t been arrested last year.
He pleaded guilty to killing and sexually mutilating eight men between 2010 and 2017.
Justice McMahon said he noted that McArthur had shown no remorse for having preyed on vulnerable men on the margins of society, some of whom were struggling with drug addictions and their hidden sexuality.
Mr McMahon said he sentenced McArthur to concurrent sentences for the eight murders taking in to account his age and decision to plead guilty early.
McArthur’s victims were Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
McArthur, who admitted the killings last month, sat quietly in court, hunched over, hands folded in his lap, as a row of police detectives — who have described the investigation as Toronto’s largest ever — watched from directly behind.
When police stormed the killer’s apartment in January 2018, they found a young man bound to a bed but unharmed who may well have become the ninth victim, the judge said.
The case — which saw dozens of properties where McArthur worked excavated — shocked all of Canada, especially the gay community.
Body parts of seven of the victims were found hidden inside large planters that McArthur stored at a client’s home in midtown Toronto.
The remains of an eighth victim were later discovered in a ravine behind the property.
McArthur’s victims were his former lover, two Afghan immigrants, two refugees from Sri Lanka and another from Iran, a Turkish national, and a homeless sex worker.
All went missing between 2010 to 2017.
The court heard that McArthur strangled them and that the murders were “sexual in nature.”