The Canadian Council for Refugees holds two Consultations each year, one in the spring (May or June) and one in the fall (November or December). The Consultations are held in different cities.
CCR Consultations address issues of refugee protection and immigrant and refugee settlement. They bring together 300 or more people from across Canada and beyond. Participants include refugees, immigrants, representatives of NGOs, government, UNHCR, academics and international guests. A General meeting of members is always held at these Consultations, where the resolutions that drive CCR policy are moved and adopted.
The consultations offer a key opportunity for information-exchange, networking, strategy development and discussion.
People who work with newcomers and those with a personal interest in refugees and immigrants are warmly invited.
The consultation is an excellent opportunity to:
meet and learn from experts in the field
exchange information and prepare resolutions on a broad range of refugee and newcomer issues
contribute to the CCR working groups’ ongoing dialogue on policy and legislation.
Working group meetings
The CCR’s three Working Groups provide the forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to exchange information, network and develop policy positions in particular areas of concern. Each Working Group is responsible for preparing resolutions, following up on action items, and planning workshops for the consultations, as well as for advising the CCR Executive on policy. The Working Group meetings are closed to representatives of government and the media.
The CCR Working Groups meet four times a year. Two of these meetings take place during the consultations (see above). The other two series of working group meetings take place in February (in Toronto) and in September (in Montreal).
The working group meetings offer an excellent opportunity to:
Participate in efforts to promote refugee protection and resettlement, and the settlement of refugees and immigrants
Discuss in depth pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada
Share information and strategies with others from across Canada
Further information about the three working groups.