Take action - Family reunification
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
- Gather together a small (3-4 person) team, including people affected by the policies you want to change
- Contact your MP and ask for a meeting. Find their contact details. The best time to meet your MP locally is when Parliament is not in session. Your MP will likely be in their riding on 13-17 and 27-31 March, 17-28 April 2017
- Prepare for the meeting as a team using these tips to meet with your MP about family reunification for all and tips to prepare someone with lived experience to speak with a MP
- After the meeting, follow up on points that you agreed to with your MP and with fellow community members. Contact the CCR at firstname.lastname@example.org with a meeting summary.
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:
Share these images or your own on why we need family reunification for all:
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