News from Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.More information
The CCR has issued a series of report cards summarizing how the provincial and federal governments protecting the rights of migrant workers in the "low-skilled" streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The Canadian Council for Refugees advises that groups concerned about these proposals will need to give their comments to government by Monday June 17.
May 15: Webinar on New Directions in Resettlement: implications for refugees and the settlement sector
Date Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time
This webinar will look at CIC's proposed changes in how refugees are selected for resettlement to Canada and how this will affect those seen by refugee-serving organizations.
Date Thursday, May 30 - Saturday, June 1, 2013
Place Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby BC
The Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation has as its theme Promoting Security and a Warm Welcome. Register before Friday, May 10th, to take advantage of the reduced fees.
Harper Government announces reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Ensuring Canadians have first chance at available jobs
The federal government has announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
The Canadian Council for Refugees welcomed some of the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program announced yesterday by the federal government, notably the withdrawal of the rule allowing migrant workers to be paid 15% less than Canadians. However, the CCR regrets that the announcement did not address the rights abuses suffered by migrant workers, who are vulnerable to exploitation because of their precarious status.
There have been many recent changes in immigration and refugee policies in Canada. How might these changes affect women and girls?
Date Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern time
This webinar is designed for organizations serving refugee claimants and is a follow up to the webinar Preparing for C-31.
Even before the recent cuts, health care costs for refugee claimants were only about one-tenth as much as the average amount spent on health care per Canadian.
Date Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday: 5:30pm - 7 pm: Friday mocktails - a new tradition
Place Salvation Army, 160 Jarvis Street, Toronto
The CCR's three Working Groups provide the forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to exchange information, network, and develop policy positions in particular areas of concern.
Today, International Migrants Day, the Canadian Council for Refugees has'expressed its concern about a series of changes over the past year that reduce migrant workers’ rights.
Date Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Time 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This webinar, designed for organizations serving refugee claimants, will provide the latest available information updates on C-31 implementation.
The Canadian Council for Refugees has practical information to prepare for changes to the refugee determination system.
Date Thursday, November 29 - Saturday, December 1, 2012
Place Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto
The Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consulation will take place in Toronto. Register before November 9 to take advantage of reduced fees.
The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its concern that the new citizenship language requirements will place additional burdens on refugees and other vulnerable newcomers.
Date Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, 2012
Time All day
Place Anglican Diocese of Montreal, 1444 Union Street, Montreal
François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants, will speak about how his office can influence States in adopting appropriate migration policies.
People now receiving medication for everything from epilepsy and childhood respiratory illnesses to cancer and AIDS will no longer have access to those meds as of 30 June 2012, according to the Canadian Council for Refugees.
This International Worker's Day, the Canadian Council for Refugees decries the announcement by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada introducing unequal wages through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The Canadian Council for Refugees is concerned that proposed changes to healthcare for refugee claimants and protected persons discriminate against people in need and, worse, leave some people to suffer illnesses or to die without treatment.