The city's first Muslim cemetery is ready to put a shovel in the ground.

The Toronto Muslim Cemetery Corporation received a licence from the province last week, officially giving it the go-ahead to begin operations on GTA's first Sunni-Shia cemetery, located at Bethesda Sideroad and Leslie St. in Richmond Hill.

"This is the final nail in the coffin, so to speak," said Abdulhuq Ingar, one of the founding members of the cemetery project. The group plans to open the 14-hectare cemetery officially in June. It's expected to serve the needs of the estimated 300,000-strong Muslim community for at least 25 years.

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