McArthur will have no chance of parole for 25 years after he pleaded guilty to the charges, according to the Washington Post.
That waiting period would have left McArthur ineligible for parole until the age of 116, beyond his expected natural lifespan.
McArthur last week pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder for the killings of men he targeted in Toronto's gay village.
But questions continued to dog Saunders over his statement on December 8, 2017, where he said that, to his knowledge, there was no evidence to suggest a serial killer was operating in Toronto's Gay Village.
The chief said officers had launched an investigation, Project Houston in November 2012, into the disappearances of McArthur's first three victims, but simply never had enough evidence to proceed further until 2017.
The sentencing hearing ended Tuesday, with the length of McArthur's sentence announced today.
Body parts of seven of the victims were found hidden inside large planters that McArthur stored at a client's home in midtown Toronto.
Each count of homicide McArthur has been convicted of carried with it an automatic life sentence, according to the BBC. He called their dismemberments pure evil, but said the guilty plea spared a jury four months of gruesome evidence. "It is saddening and unacceptable that it took the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman to reopen public interest in the cases of the missing South Asian and Middle Eastern men". Top row, from left to right: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen and Abdulbasir Faizi.
Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam's mother, brother and cousin, who came to Toronto from Sri Lanka, appeared outside the courthouse following the sentence; his mother wiping away tears.
Rae, the former city councillor, said the resistance to believing there could be a serial killer reflected the city's need to believe it was safe. She said she had "lost any motivation for life" and that she didn't want to live in a world "which became so terribly cruel".
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Idsinga said police are still reviewing a number of cold cases to see if they can find any links to McArthur.
Lisowick, who struggled with mental health problems and addiction, had been homeless and was discharged from a shelter the day McArthur killed him.
Since then, police have investigated locations around Toronto where McArthur worked as a landscaper.
An entry in Kinsman's calendar indicated who he had planned to meet that afternoon: "Bruce".
"I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight", Saunders said.
January 17, 2018 - Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen's deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.
Toronto police have faced public criticism over their handling of the case.
It's hard to know what a parole board will hand a 92-year-old McArthur in 2045.
He also took the time to commend the police investigation that brought McArthur to justice, a pointed statement at a time that the police department is under scrutiny for how it handled the early stages of the investigations into some of the victims. "That doesn't mean he's going to be free".