News from Canadian Council for Refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.

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June 1-3: Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation

When: Thursday - Saturday, June 1-3, 2017

Where: MacEwan University, City Centre campus, 10700 104 Ave NW, Edmonton

The CCR invites you to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at their Spring Consultation. All are welcome to participate.

March 15, 2017

Refugees entering from US and Safe Third Country: FAQ

The Canadian Council for Refugees presents some frequently asked questions about refugee claimants arriving from the US. 

February 13, 2017

February & March: Two-part webinar series on family reunification


  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 2 p.m.

Where: Online

Canadian Council for Refugees webinars include encore presentations from popular CCR Consultation sessions, as well as other topics of interest to refugee and newcomer advocates.

January 27, 2017

Aug. 31 & Sept. 14: Identifying and assessing human trafficking: a national assessment tool


  • Part One: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 2 p.m. ET
  • Part Two: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Online

Staff from Legal Assistance of Windsor/WEFIGHT, one of the organizations that worked closely with the CCR on the development of this tool, are the presenters of this CCR webinar.

August 19, 2016

September 9-10: Canadian Council for Refugees Working Group meetings - Montreal 2016

The CCR's Working Groups are a forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to exchange information, network and develop policy positions in particular areas of concern.

June 16, 2016

CCR calls for a refugee resettlement plan reflecting equity for all regions

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) urges the Government of Canada to uphold the principles of fairness and equity in responding to refugees around the world. The CCR commends the government for significantly increasing the immigration targets for refugees and for the mass resettlement of Syrian refugees. In the interests of justice, this needs to be complemented by a commitment to eliminate the backlogs in Africa and other regions, within a clear timeline.

May 26, 2016

June 2-4: Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation 2016 - Migrant Worker Issues

When: Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Saturday, June 4, 2016

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown, 90 - 22nd Street East, Saskatoon SK S7K 3X6

The consultation features views and participation from regions across Canada and from diverse fields, on refugee protection and newcomer settlement.

May 09, 2016

Reform of rules on refugees' loss of status urgent following new court decision

"This law wastes millions of dollars to fund a search through Canada's inventory of old refugees to see who can be disposed of, regardless of how well established they are in Canada, and for no purpose."

May 04, 2016

April 21 & 28: A Guide to Digital Advocacy

When: Thursday, April 21 and Thursday, April 28, 2016, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Where: Online

This is a free, two-part webinar on how you can use social networks for grassroots advocacy, with particular attention to issues affecting refugees.

April 11, 2016

March 23: Refugees Welcome Here: Tools and Resources webinar

When: Wednesday 23 March 2016, 2 p.m. to 3:15 pm (Eastern time)

Where: Online

As part of the #RefugeesWelcomeHere campaign Amnesty, Amnistie, and the CCR have produced resources, tools, and materials aimed at supporting refugee rights advocates.

March 15, 2016

Human rights groups react to news of another death in immigration detention

Human rights organizations reacted to news that a person died while in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency, at the Toronto East Detention Centre.

March 09, 2016

Haitians and Zimbabweans - additional time to apply for permanent residence

The federal government is giving six more months to Haitians and Zimbabweans to apply for permanent residence in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds without risk of removal.

February 18, 2016

February 10: The Ontario Uprooted Education Project: Access to education for precarious status migrant youth

When: Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern time)

Where: Online

This webinar will describe a project undertaken by the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto involving migrant youth with precarious immigration status and Ontario high schools.

January 19, 2016

Intersections: Violence against women and immigration policy webinars

Part I –Wednesday 20 January 2016, 2-3 pm (Eastern time)

This two-part webinar will offer a framework that challenges the notion that violence against women is rooted in culture and explore the intersections of immigration policy and violence against women. Part I will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2016, 2-3 pm (Eastern time) and part II will happen on Wednesday 27 January 2016, 2-3 pm (Eastern time).

January 07, 2016

January 20 & 27: Violence against women and immigration policy webinars


  • Part I: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Part II: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 2 - 3 p.m.

Where: Online

This webinar will offer a framework that challenges the notion that violence against women is rooted in culture and explore the intersections of immigration policy and violence against women.

December 16, 2015

February 26-27: Canadian Council for Refugees Winter Working Group Meetings 2016


Where: Salvation Army, 160 Jarvis St., Toronto

The CCR's three Working Groups provide a forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to exchange information, network, and develop policy.

December 16, 2015

CCR statement in response to attacks in Paris and Beirut

"We hope that Canadians will remember that Syrian refugees are victims of this violence and will redouble their commitment to welcome them in Canada:" Canadian Council for Refugees. 

November 17, 2015

November 26-28: Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

When: November 26-28, 2015 (Thursday through Saturday)

Where: Sheraton Hotel Hamilton, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON

Titled Courage, Contributions, Resilience, the CCR will bring together over 300 people from across Canada to offer opportunities for information exchange, networking, and strategy development.

October 05, 2015

September 30: Family Reunification training webinar

When: Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern time

Where: Online

Cost: For participants who are not with a CCR member organization, the cost is $25 per connection per webinar.

This Canadian Council for Refugees webinar will provide an overview of immigration processes for refugees and immigrants seeking to reunite with family members, particularly spouses and children.

September 24, 2015

September 17: Day Of Action - Open The Doors To Refugees!

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Starting Point: Nathan Phillips Square – Toronto City Hall, End Point: Queen's Quay

More information: cteves@fcjrefugeecentre;;416-469-9754 ext. 226

Amnesty International (Toronto), Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), FCJ Refugee Centre, OCASI and others invite you to show your support for bringing refugees to Canada.

September 15, 2015