Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle, Vol. 11 no. 6, 17 October 2016

CCR Chronicle

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle
Vol. 11 #6, 17 October 2016

In this issue:

  1. Immigration detention of children

The government has committed to reducing to a minimum the detention of children, to developing alternatives to detention and to an accountability mechanism for the Canada Border Services Agency. CCR has made detailed recommendations, including a call for legislative amendment to end the detention of children.

The CCR has also published a series of interactive charts illustrating the state of immigration detention of children in Canada:

The CCR joined many other groups in signing a statement urging the government to cease the immigration detention of children and families:

  1. CCR National Fall Consultation in Montreal, November 24 - 26, 2016

Join us in Montreal this November to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at the Canadian Council for Refugees' Fall Consultation under the theme of Welcoming diversity: at the heart of what we do.

Register by November 4th to take advantage of reduced fees.

With views from all Canadian provinces and with participants in fields as diverse as healthcare and the law, the conference offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy.

More information at:

  1. National forum on human trafficking, November 23, 2016

Held in conjunction with the CCR Fall Consultation, the Trafficking Forum provides a space for networking, sharing information, best practices and strategy development to better meet the needs of trafficked persons in Canada. The Forum also works towards identifying and analyzing policy concerns in order to establish priorities and specific actions to better protect the rights of trafficked persons in Canada.

The Forum discussion will address issues that affect trafficked persons and those working to protect trafficked persons and to increase public awareness of trafficking.

For more information and to register, visit:

  1. Calling private sponsorship groups

The CCR is developing practical resources for groups applying through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

Are you with a Group of 5, Groups of 2 to 5 or Community sponsor?

We invite you to connect with the CCR by visiting:

  1. CCR Youth Engagement Project

The CCR's newcomer youth civic engagement project aims to help newcomer youth connect and engage within their communities.

The initiative will identify and focus on key issues for newcomer youth and support youth in exploring ways to address these issues within their communities. As a youth led project, The project is embedded in the CCR Youth Network's principles and focuses on offering newcomer youth an opportunity to be leaders in their communities across Canada and tackle issues that affect them.

The CCR invites newcomer youth to take part by applying to organize a local youth-led project:


Join the CCR

By joining the CCR, your organization will become part of a vibrant and dynamic national network of over 170 organizations committed to refugee and migrant rights and the integration of newcomers.

Not with an organization? Individuals can join as Associate Members.

* Membership is not open to members of government or to members of the media 

To find out more on how to become a member of the CCR, please visit:

Upcoming Meetings

National forum on trafficking in persons
23 November 2016

CCR Fall Consultation
24 - 26 November 2016

CCR Spring Consultation
1 - 3 June 2017