Take action - Family reunification

Take action to make family reunification for all!

Take action
Printer-friendly versionSend by email

Make family reunification for all! This Refugee Rights Day (4 April), join our efforts.

Our campaign focuses on:

Long processing times (Refugees and live-in caregivers wait much longer for family reunification than people in the Family Class, especially in some regions, such as Africa.)

Excluded Family Member rule: Regulation 117(9)(d), the “excluded family member” rule, denies some families the right to reunification.

Handout: Family reunification for all


Meet with your Member of Parliament to make family reunification for all

Organize a public forum on barriers facing separated families

  • Gather a planning team with representatives from organizations supporting the Family reunification for all! Campaign
    • What are the goals and objectives of your forum? Who will your forum address? What are you asking forum participants to do? What is the change you want, who needs to be involved in making these changes?

The answers will guide: the content of the forum, who you will invite to speak, who you will invite to attend, what you will ask them to do.


  • Sharing experiences to press for policy change with Members of Parliament (Members of Parliament, provincial or municipal representatives, school officials). Example from Kitchener-Waterloo: a public forum with Members of Parliament outlining the impacts of delays in family reunification
  • Training to assist case workers and legal professionals - Family Reunification Practical Guide, Training Webinar
  • Sharing practical information for people directly affected by policies.

For general, forum logistical organizing tips, click here.

Tips for a successful forum

  • Involve people with lived experience in the planning, presentation and follow up your forum. For tips on working with affected people in public presentations (add link)
  • Ensure your forum reaches community partners (examples: medical professionals, teachers and school officials, post-secondary students, legal professionals, faith groups, refugee private sponsors):
    • Invite them to the forum. Make clear how Family reunification for all! Is relevant to their work during presentations.
    • At the end of the forum, invite participants to take specific actions that support the forum’s goals
    • Follow up after the forum. Find out how you can work together for family reunification for all
  • Get the wider community involved. Send out a press release to get media coverage of the forum.


Speak up for speedy family reunification online

Are you or your organization an active Twitter or Facebook user? Share why you are calling for Family reunification for all on 4 April. Tell others how they can get involved.

Here are some key facts to share and suggestions of ways to get involved:

On Facebook:

Share these images or your own on why we need family reunification for all:

Call for family reunification for all Refugee families from Africa wait years longer
Not all families are treated equally  

Tips for groups using Facebook

Tips for groups using Instagram and other platforms

Tips to deal with unwanted interactions online

On Twitter:

Share these tweets or create your own with the hashtag #4allfamilies Attach one of the images above so that your message goes further:

All families are equal. Call for equal treatment for all families bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnimm #cdnpoli

Live-in caregiver families wait years to reunite. End this discrimination: bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnimm #cdnpoli 

Some refugee kids are barred from reuniting with family. End Reg 117(9)(d) bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnimm #cdnpoli

Refugee families barred from reuniting in Canada End Reg. 117(9)(d) bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnimm #cdnpoli

Canada bars some refugee families from reuniting. End Reg. 117(9)(d) bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnimm #cdnpoli

Families from Africa wait years longer to reunite than other #cdnimm families. bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnpoli

Stop discriminatory immigration practices. Equal treatment for all families now. bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnpoli

Wait times of up to 5 years for families to reunite are unacceptable. bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnpoli

Children should never be victims of immigration policies. End Reg. 117(9)(d) bit.ly/4allfamilies #4allfamilies #cdnrfg #cdnpoli

Tips for groups using Twitter