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Join the Canadian Council for Refugees and become part of a vibrant and active national network of over 180 organizations committed to refugee and immigrant rights and the integration of newcomers. (To learn more, download Introduction to membership in the CCR)
The CCR has been the national voice on refugee protection and newcomer settlement in Canada for over thirty years. Issues identified by our members get onto the agenda of the various players in immigration and refugee law and policy in Canada, including parliamentarians, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, the Immigration and Refugee Board and other levels of government. We have excellent working relationships with counterpart organizations internationally, allowing us to conduct collaborative research and advocacy, enhancing our credibility with governments and intergovernmental organizations.
Many of the national media also turn to the CCR as a reliable and accurate voice on breaking refugee issues.
The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership. CCR members receive regular informative mailings containing analyses of policy changes, up-to-date information on refugee and immigration issues and tools to help with grassroots advocacy and public education initiatives. They also benefit from lower registration rates at our Consultations - national conferences that take place each spring and fall. Additional benefits include reduced costs on orders of CCR publications and exclusive access to information and resources on the members-only area of the CCR website.
The most important benefit - and responsibility - of membership is the right to vote: the right to shape the policy direction of the CCR and the right to nominate and vote for members of the Executive Committee. By participating in and voting at the Consultations, and at the Summer and Winter Working Group meetings, you help set the policy for the CCR.
The Consultations and Working Group meetings provide the ideal place to network with individuals and organizations involved in similar work, and to bring forward your issues of concern for advocacy. Being involved in the CCR provides the staff and volunteers of member organizations with many opportunities for professional development and for networking, as they are invited to participate in various projects, committees and activities, including at the international level.
The members of the CCR are primarily organizations (see below). For information on additional membership categories and how to apply, select one of the options in the lefthand menu.
To be eligible to become a voting member of the Canadian Council for Refugees, an organization 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 rather than individuals, although the latter can join as Associate Members.
To apply to become a Member, please fill out the CCR Member form and mail to the CCR office with the required documents. The fee structure can be found on the second page of the form - it tells you what fee to pay according to your organization's budget.
All applications for membership are subject to approval by the CCR Executive Committee. For the Committee to evaluate a membership application from an organization the following information is needed (also stipulated on the application form):
a completed application form
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 would suffice)
Once we receive your completed application, we will present it for approval to the next meeting of the CCR Executive Committee (at the time of the next Consultation or Working Group meeting, whichever comes first), and you will be informed of the outcome.
Other types of membership
The CCR also has other membership categories of membership:
- Associate Members (for individuals)
- Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) outside Canada
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 cashflow 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 accomodate your organization’s situation.
Starting in 2006, if we haven't receives 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, and mailings and other benefits will cease.
Q. How are members notified to renew their membership dues?
A. The CCR office mails 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 officially designated member that applied (the national office). To receive the mailings, the local bodies would have to take out their own membership. Also 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 through a personal account. To set up your personal account, go to: 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, or your pending application, contact Colleen French, CCR Communication and Networking Coordinator, at telephone 514-277-7223 ext. 1, or by email at cfrench [at] ccrweb [dot] ca.
If you are an existing CCR member and have questions about your fees, mailings, or such like, please contact Guadalupe Macias, Office Manager at telephone 514-277-7223 ext. 4, or by email at gmacias [at] ccrweb [dot] ca.
If you are not sure, contact either one!