First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years, but a court can decide to impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibiliy for several convictions.
Justice John McMahon said he has no doubt McArthur would have kept killing if he wasn't arrested by police past year. But he added that even if McArthur sought parole at 91, the chances of his receiving it would be "very remote at best". "This court can not give them what they want the most - which is their loved one back".
Bruce McArthur, a landscaper and former mall Santa who killed and dismembered eight men between 2010 and 2017, was sentenced Friday to life in prison, according to CNN network partner CTV News.
There is now an independent review of how police treat missing persons cases, after outcry over how McArthur was able to kill undetected for seven years.
Toronto police and the trial did not reveal a motive.
In committing the eight murders, the judge said, McArthur victimized the dead men's families twice over: first when their loved one vanished and again when they finally learned the "horrific truth". But the inquiry was shut down after 18 months.
The man - who has only been identified as "John" - had been texting McArthur via a dating app.
Meanwhile, the LGBT community has been "devastated" and "will never be the same", he said.
A Toronto police officer is facing disciplinary charges over his involvement in that arrest and release.
"We're presuming that homophobia and racism had something to do with how much energy and effort went into investigating Project Houston", he said, referring to an investigation into three missing men later found to be among McArthur's victims. Top row, from left to right: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen and Abdulbasir Faizi.
Authorities also located a calendar belonging to Kinsman which had the entry "Bruce" on the day in June 2017 that he went missing.
The New York Times reported: "The court heard that Mr. McArthur carefully planned his killings".
The judge found McArthur strangled all of them and then took photographs of their bodies in various states of undress, keeping the images on his computer and viewing them long after his crimes.
He then posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous images featuring the same fur coat. He was found bound to a bed with a bag over his head but otherwise unharmed.
McArthur declined to speak during this week's hearing.
Most of his victims were homeless, recent immigrants, or people of Middle Eastern or South Asian decent.
When McArthur admitted guilt, lead investigator Det. He had many friends in the gay community, who launched search parties after he disappeared and who immediately pressured the police to look into his disappearance the day after Toronto's pride parade.
His victims were Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
Families and friends of McArthur's victims are expected to speak out about the sentencing later today.
Karen Fraser, the owner of the home, who had casually met two of the victims, has said she is "haunted" by the case. "I'm hoping we brought some of those answers to them". "But when they are alone in their room, they take a picture of their father with them".