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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February 28: Access to Justice for Trafficked Persons Legal Case Study Hack

This in-person networking and training meeting presented by the Canadian Council for Refugees will explore legal strategies for responding to trafficked persons cases.

January 16, 2019

September 11: Discover the CCR Migrant Workers Report Cards and how to use them

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Online

If you are concerned about migrant workers' rights, would like to learn more and find out how you can use these report cards, then this webinar is for you.

August 14, 2018

June 7-9: International Refugee Rights Conference 2018

This is an international conference in Toronto designed to enhance effectiveness in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.

March 12, 2018

December 6: Navigating the New Citizenship Act- What you need to know

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern time

Where: Online

This webinar is part of the "Improving access to Justice" series, meant to help frontline workers support refugees and vulnerable migrants in accessing legal information.

November 22, 2017

30 November - 2 December: Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

The CCR Fall Consultation 2017 theme is Human Rights Have no Borders. It will take place in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

October 17, 2017

October 31: Race, Gendered Violence, and the Rights of Women with Precarious Immigration Status

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar aims to build the capacity of settlement workers and lawyers to work with non-status, racialized women who have experienced gendered violence.

October 04, 2017

October 11: Supporting Refugee Claimants: Practical steps (part of Improving Access to Justice series)

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar is presented as an opportunity for front-line workers across the country to benefit from the expertise of those who have been working with claimants for many years.

October 02, 2017

October 6: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression: the IRB Chairperson's Guideline

When: 6 October 2017, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

Where: Online

This webinar is appropriate for anyone who works with refugees, vulnerable migrants, and other newcomers.

September 20, 2017

On International Workers Day, Migrant Workers are still Precarious and Unsupported

The CCR calls for open work permits, access to permanent residence, access to settlement services, family reunification, and increased and more effective monitoring and enforcement.

May 01, 2017

CCR welcomes the elimination of Conditional Permanent Residence

Opposition to the CPR was on the grounds that it placed sponsored newcomers, especially women, at increased risk of abuse.

April 25, 2017

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