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Join us! Become part of a vibrant and active national network of over 170 organizations committed to refugee and immigrant rights and the integration of newcomers.
We have been the national voice on refugee protection and newcomer settlement in Canada for 35 years.
Our issues get on to immigration and refugee policy agendas in Canada.
We work with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, the Immigration and Refugee Board and other levels of government to resolve problems affecting refugees, immigrants and other newcomers to Canada.
We have strong relationships with international partners and conduct research and advocacy towards common global goals and boost credibility with governments and intergovernmental organizations.
Many national media outlets also turn to the CCR as a reliable and accurate voice on breaking refugee issues.
What does your group get when you join the CCR?
The CCR serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of our members, who are primarily organizations. (For information on additional membership categories and how to apply, select one of the options in the lefthand menu). Members receive:
- Regular communications with analyses of policy changes, up-to-date information and tools to help with grassroots advocacy and public education initiatives.
Exclusive professional development opportunities for staff, volunteers and board members like:
- Lower registration rates at our Consultations - national conferences every spring and fall.
- Free participation in CCR webinars and online national discussions
- Access to the members-only area of ccrweb.ca and web-based accounts
- Reduced prices on orders of CCR publications
- Voting rights to steer CCR policy positions and the right to nominate candidates for election to the Executive Committee
How can your group contribute to the CCR?
Voting on CCR policy positions and nominating candidates for election is only the beginning! Our members also:
- Bring forward new issues and concerns for advocacy and change
- Contribute to CCR reports, projects, cross-country committees and activities at many levels - from local to international
- Comment in the media
- Exchange and build working relationships with individuals and organizations involved in similar work
To be eligible for CCR membership, your group must be a Canadian non-profit organization concerned for refugees and for the settlement in Canada of refugees and immigrants. For reasons of continuity, participation and commitment we seek organizations as Members. Individuals can become Associate Members.
To become a Member, please fill out the CCR Member application form and send it to the CCR office with the required documents. The fee scale can be found on the second page of the form - it tells you what fee to pay according to your organization's budget.
All membership applications must be approved by the CCR Executive Committee. For the Committee to evaluate a CCR membership candidate the following information is needed:
a cheque for the first year's membership
a copy of your organization's mission statement or constitution, or a description of the work it does relating to refugees and immigrants
a copy of the last completed financial report
confirmation that your Board or Executive Committee has endorsed application for membership in the CCR (minutes from the relevant Board or Executive meeting are good)
Once we receive your completed application, we will present it for approval to the next CCR Executive Committee meeting, and we will let you know the results.
Other types of membership
The CCR also has other membership categories of membership:
- Associate Members for individuals who do not belong to a group or organizations which could become a member
- Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) outside Canada
- Observers for organizations that support the CCR's general goals, but which cannot formally join
Q. How long is the CCR membership term for?
A. One calendar year - from 1 January to 31 December.
Q. When are membership fees due?
A. We require that members pay their annual member dues by the Spring Consultation (May or June). If, for budgeting reasons, your organization is unable to pay its dues in the first month of any year, we are open to requests for an extension to accommodate your organization’s situation.
Starting in 2006, if we haven't received your organization's renewal dues by the Spring Consultation, or a request for postponement, we will no longer be able to consider you a member. Mailings, access to online accounts and other benefits will stop.
Q. How are members notified to renew their membership dues?
A. The CCR office sends invoices to all its members in January, and a reminder notice one month before the Spring Consultation. If members have not paid by then, they can do so at the Spring Consultation registration desk.
Q. If a national organization joins the CCR (for example, the United Church of Canada's national office), can the branch offices or local parishes enjoy the benefits of membership?
A. The local bodies can benefit from the preferential CCR member registration rate at CCR Consultations. However, the mailings by the CCR office will be sent only to the designated member (the national office). To receive regular communications, the local bodies would have to take out their own membership. Note: there is only one vote per member organization.
Q. I'm with a CCR member organization. How do I set up my personalized account on the CCR website?
A. Individuals affiliated with a CCR member organization (staff members, volunteers, members of the Board) can access information on the members-only section of the CCR website by setting up a personal account at: http://ccrweb.ca/en/user/register
Q. Is there a special membership rate for students?
A. Since the CCR is an umbrella association with primarily organizations and groups as its members, we do not have categories for individual membership other than Associate Member.
If you have questions about joining the CCR, your application, or online accounts contact Colleen French, Communication and Networking Coordinator, at 514-277-7223 ext. 1, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an existing CCR member and have questions about your fees, or updated contact details please contact Guadalupe Macias, Office Manager at 514-277-7223 ext. 4, or by email at email@example.com.
If you are not sure, contact either one!