CCR Resolutions Database

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Res.: 6 , May 2007
  1. The length of protracted refugee situations is increasing, leading to impoverishment and deprivation of the refugees in these camps and urban settings;
  2. Canada is committed to working towards finding durable solutions for persons in protracted refugee situations including repatriation, local integration and resettlement;
  3. All refugees will benefit from education and skills training made available before persons leave the camps, especially but not exclusively those being resettled;
  4. The CCR and more recently the UNHCR have expressed to the government of Canada their interest in engaging Canadian NGOs in resettlement activities abroad, including those with an integration focus, recognizing the benefits to the refugees and to the receiving communities;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request to the Government of Canada, especially CIDA and CIC, to work with NGOs to develop a Canadian strategy to address protracted refugee situations that uses all tools at Canada’s disposal including funding for preventative health treatment, job skills training, health treatment, education etc. in refugee camps and urban settings;
  2. Urge the Government of Canada to amend the Terms and Conditions of various instruments to allow for more flexibility and responsiveness in programming, including the flexibility to fund integration programming overseas;
  3. Request the Government of Canada that Canada’s contributions to the World Bank include instructions that poverty reduction strategy papers should include strategies to help reduce poverty within refugee populations.
Res.: 11 , May 2007
  1. Eligible refugee claimants are required to apply for work permits from CIC;
  2. Work permits are issued if applied for after the medical examination processing is completed;
  3. Completion of the medical examination process is not announced to refugee claimants, and they are never sure when to apply for their work permit, and work permits are required for applying for the SIN cards and for working legally in Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that CIC issue the first work permits automatically, without claimants having to apply, to all adult eligible refugee claimants, upon completion of the medical examination process.

Res.: 9 , May 2007
  1. The needs of persons with mental health issues are not being adequately addressed by any of the divisions of the IRB;
  2. The guidelines for vulnerable persons do not meet these needs;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate for the creation and implementation by the IRB of specialized mental health tribunals modelled upon the mental health courts in the criminal justice system.

Res.: 14 , May 2007

Some countries do not allow for adoption and thus persons from those countries are excluded from emigrating with or sponsoring their “de facto” family members.

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate for the promulgation of IRPA regulations on legal guardianship.

Res.: 2 , May 2007
  1. IRPA and the Québec immigration regulations currently prohibit siblings from combining their income in order to sponsor their parents or grandparents and other members of the Family Class;
  2. This arbitrarily keeps families apart;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request a change in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, as well as the Québec Regulation respecting the Selection of Foreign Nationals to allow the combining of siblings’ income to meet the qualifying income level to sponsor parents or grandparents and other members of the Family Class.

Res.: 7 , May 2007
  1. There are evident disparities in processing of African refugees’ files in terms of waiting times, refusal rates and systematic DNA testing, in comparison to other regions;
  2. African refugee situations are among the most protracted in the world.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request the Government of Canada establish an NGO-Government Committee on African refugee and immigrant issues to further monitor and document the situation and propose viable solutions;
  2. Seek collaboration on these issues with Canadian Council on International Cooperation (CCIC), especially the CCIC Africa Group;
  3. Once again request to be involved meaningfully in the Annual Levels Consultation process.
Res.: 12 , May 2007
  1. NGO access to CBSA Immigration Detention Facilities is necessary;
  2. NGO access has become increasingly difficult given strict requirements for security clearance;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR demand that NGOs that visit or provide services within immigration detention facilities not be required to pass security clearance

Res.: 5 , May 2007
  1. Treasury Board of Canada released a Blue Ribbon Report in February 2007 recommending fundamental change and simplified administration of funding, contracts and contribution agreements;
  2. The settlement service sector has ongoing difficulties with CIC and other federal government departments on their funding practices and monitoring of contracts and contribution agreements;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Treasury Board of Canada to:

  1. Direct CIC to adhere to the Blue Ribbon Report recommendations and to be the first tier of government departments to implement recommended changes;
  2. Ensure that the recommended changes are implemented in all government departments.
Res.: 10 , May 2007
  1. The IRB offices are now located in only 3 cities (Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto);
  2. PIFs must be received within 28 days;
  3. Claimants living in cities far from IRB offices have seriously reduced time to complete their PIFs because mailing can take 7 to 12 days;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the IRB to change the 28 days rule for PIFs to the date the PIF is posted, not the date it is received (even when it becomes possible electronically).

Res.: 9 , Nov 2006
  1. A decision has been made by the government of Canada to arm the officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
  2. The CCR has raised its concerns to the Prime Minister in this regard.
  3. Arming CBSA is absolutely unnecessary with negative impacts on refugees who have gone through persecution, mental trauma and torture.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR oppose the arming of CBSA and advocate to overturn the decision.

Res.: 10 , Nov 2006
  1. There have been many documented cases where CBSA officers at the Port Of Entry (POE) have issued removal orders against people seeking refugee protection in Canada before they were able to state their intent to claim refugee status.
  2. The consequence of this is to deprive a claimant of access to the Immigration and Refugee Board.
  3. There is no stay of removal pending an application for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) once a removal order has been issued.
  4. As a result there are documented cases of people being removed without any risk assessment.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the government to issue regulations or guidelines that would require POE officers to ask persons subject to removal if they fear persecution in their country of origin or of habitual residence before issuing a removal order.


Res.: 1 , Nov 2006

The CCR recognizes the value of the participation and perspective of youth.


Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Support the development of the CCR Youth Network and increasing meaningful youth engagement and leadership within the CCR.
  2. Add youth to the list of factors to be taken into account by the members of the CCR in the election of Executive Committee members.
Res.: 6 , Nov 2006
  1. Migrant agricultural workers and other temporary work permit holders are living in a situation of segregation which prevents them from having effective recourse to justice;
  2. Migrant workers who have suffered an injustice are often deported before they can seek a legal recourse;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR demand that the status of worker be maintained during the period necessary to seize a tribunal of the matter and to await its resolution.

Nov 2006
  1. The possibility of a war is looming in the Horn of Africa due to political intervention and ambition by the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea in the civil war in Somalia.
  2. Many innocent people, mainly women and children, are already displaced and on the move to other neighbouring countries, such as Kenya, which already houses many refugees.


Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR ask the Canadian government to collaborate with the African Union to achieve a more humane approach to diplomacy in the Horn of Africa and to use unilateral, bilateral, regional and multilateral means to apply pressure on:

  1. The Ethiopian government to withdraw its soldiers from Somalia and to refrain from further escalating the tension by dragging people into war.
  2. The Eritrean government to stop trying to wage their conflict with Ethiopia in Somalia.
Res.: 2 , Nov 2006

Recent information from various sources and complaints from refugees interviewed by the Damascus and other visa posts suggest that some refusals may be due
to interpretation.

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge CIC to review increasingly serious concerns around interpretation at interviews, including allegations of bias, and ask that standards be adopted to ensure quality of interpretation.

Res.: 7 , Nov 2006
  1. The Arar Commission has identified Canadian complicity in Maher Arar’s rendition to torture in Syria;
  2. The Canadian government continues to argue that there may be circumstances under which individuals could be returned to a country where there may be grounds to believe they may be at risk of torture;
Therefore be it resolved:


  1. The CCR call on the government to enact legislation that unequivocally and absolutely prohibits the use of torture under any circumstances by any person, but in particular by any government official or persons acting in a government-related capacity;
  2. This legislation prohibit the use of information garnered as a result of torture;
  3. This legislation prohibit actions, including the sharing of information, that might reasonably be expected to place any person at risk of torture.
Res.: 5 , Nov 2006
  1. According to IRPA, there is no independent review of: a) the decision of an officer to detain a foreign national because their identity has not been established. b) the Minister’s opinion that identity has not been established. c) once identity has been tendered, the decision that it is insufficient;
  2. According to international human rights law, detention without independent review constitutes arbitrary detention;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR demand that IRPA be amended to require that the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board conduct an independent review of 1 a), b) and c).

Res.: 3 , Nov 2006
  1. The situation in Liberia is in transition and is improving.
  2. The country is not able to absorb big numbers of returnees.
  3. Human rights are not generally respected.
  4. Repatriation is not a durable solution for all Liberian refugees in the region and some may meet the Country of Asylum Class criteria.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Urge CIC to consider resettlement of Liberians to Canada for whom repatriation is not the preferred option and as part of a broader effort to achieve durable solutions for all Liberian refugees in West Africa.
  2. Ask CIC to consult with interested NGOs in Canada regarding resettlement to Canada of Liberian refugees in West Africa.
  3. Encourage CIC to review sponsorship cases rejected in 2006 if the refugees live in camp-based situations and were rejected on the basis that repatriation is available to them.
  4. Request UNHCR to stop reducing financial support to the refugees in Buduburam Camp and restore the assistance to the past year level.
  5. Request CIDA to become actively involved in the post-war reconstruction in Liberia.
Res.: 8 , Nov 2006
  1. It is important for protected persons to settle meaningfully in Canada through education, employment, etc.
  2. Presently, protected persons need to submit a special “protected status” document to be registered in certain programs.
  3. It takes 8 weeks for CIC to issue these documents.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on CIC to issue“protected status” documents at the time the person is accepted by the IRB.

Res.: 1 , Jun 2006
  1. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is closing its regional offices at yearend;
  2. This will result in further reduction in quality of access to protection;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call upon the Canadian government and the IRB to enable the continued operation of these regional offices;
  2. Request that the IRB provide full access to their resources and facilities to all claimants in all regions.
Res.: 2 , Jun 2006
  1. The Human Rights Commission of the United Nations has ceased to exist and the new Human Rights Council has come into existence;
  2. There are a large number of Special Rapporteurs and special procedures whose existence depends on resolutions of the Human Rights Commission and whose expertise we do not want to lose;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call upon the Canadian government and other governments to support the renewal of all of the current mandates of Special Rapporteurs and special non-conventional procedures of the United Nations in order not to lose their expertise.

Res.: 5 , Jun 2006

the CCR has a policy on bilingualism adopted by the executive committee on 2 February 1992;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR include, as far as it is possible, at least one panelist intervening in French and offer simultaneous translation for each panel.

Res.: 3 , Jun 2006
  1. There is now an optional protocol to the Convention against Torture which provides for on-site visits to detention centres around the world and which is open to signatures by member states;
  2. This protocol will not come into effect until 20 countries have ratified it and only six have currently ratified it;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call upon the Canadian government and urge our sister organizations to ask for other governments to ratify the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture so that this can come into effect as soon as possible.

Res.: 4 , Jun 2006
  1. The CCR is committed by Resolution 1, May 2003 to working for a process of regularization of people without status;
  2. The CCR has been working for many months on a proposal for regularization;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR adopt as policy the Proposal for the regularization of individuals and families without status, as approved by the Working Group on Inland Protection, including the call to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for seasonal agricultural workers to apply for permanent residence, similar to the opportunity provided under the Live-In Caregiver Program;
  2. Introduce an adjustment of status program similar to that introduced in 1972, whereby anyone who was already in Canada by a date (e.g. two years prior) may apply for status.
  3. Eliminate processing fees for humanitarian cases.
Res.: 4 , Nov 2005

Refugees and immigrants on minimum wage are forced to live in poverty;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal government in all of its contracts to ensure a living wage that at least meets the low income cut-off (LICO) or 60% of the average industrial wage, whichever is higher.