Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle, Vol. 11 no. 3, 15 July 2016

CCR Chronicle

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle
Vol. 11 #2, 15 July 2016

In tthis issue:

  1. Immigration consultations

This summer the government is going to be consulting Canadians on immigration levels for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
They are also asking for input on some questions on broader refugee and immigration policy issues. You find the discussion paper and a link to make written submissions here.

The CCR has developed a list of key points in response to the questions identified:

One aspect of the consultation is looking specifically at the refugee determination system. The CCR has also developed a series of recommendations in this area:
  1. CCR proposals: legacy cases and Excluded Family Members

The CCR has recently published two proposals: simple solutions to address key problems.

Legacy cases: Recommendation for regularization: Thousands of refugee claimants have been unfairly forced to wait three years or more for a hearing. The Immigration and Refugee Board doesn't have the capacity to hear their claims. In the meantime they have been contributing to Canada as best they can, given their uncertain status. It is time to give them an option to remain in Canada.

Excluded Family Members: Brief on R. 117(9)(d)
Section 117(9)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations imposes a lifelong sponsorship ban on family members who were not examined at the time of the sponsor’s immigration to Canada. R.117(9)(d) disproportionately affects refugees and vulnerable migrants who fail to disclose a family member, often through no fault of their own. The provision causes devastating harm for vulnerable people, especially children. The CCR calls for R. 117(9)(d) to be repealed. 
  1. Upcoming webinar: Countering islamophobia through advocacy & public education

Wednesday, July 20th - 2pm EST

This webinar is organized as part of the Refugees Welcome Here! campaign, led by Amnesty Canada (anglophone and francophone sections), and the CCR. The session will focus on effective strategies and provide practical tools to address Islamophobia through advocacy, public education, civic engagement, as well as practical advice on challenging negative stereotypes about Islam, muslims, and effectively countering media narratives.

Presented by: Amira Elghawaby, National Council for Canadian Muslims

Participation is free.

To register for this webinar, please visit:
  1. Concerns regarding migrant workers

The CCR recently submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities as part of their review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The committee's report will not be published until September 2016.

Key points in the CCR brief:
  • the focus needs to be on protecting the human rights of migrant workers.
  • Canada must move away from temporary labour migration programs, and return to using permanent immigration to meet labour market needs. 
To read the full submission by the CCR, visit:

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Upcoming Meetings

Summer Working Group Meetings
9 - 10 September 2016

CCR Fall Consultation
24 - 26 November 2016