The CCR listserv (ccrlist) is intended for NGOs involved in the protection and resettlement of refugees and in the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.  It is maintained for the Canadian Council for Refugees by the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

The list is open to NGO representatives and others with an interest in the issues. In order to allow free discussion on strategy, however, the list is closed to representatives of the government and the media.

Please note that traffic can be quite heavy on the list - 5 or more messages in a day is not unusual.

How to join ccrlist

To join ccrlist, send a request to giving your name and organization (if you do not represent an organization, please explain briefly why you wish to join the ccrlist).

We suggest that if possible you not subscribe with a yahoo address: yahoo has been refusing many list messages leading to bounce backs and automatic unsubscription. 

Any member of the list can send messages simply by writing a message to

You are encouraged to participate actively in the list by sending messages relating to the areas of refugee protection and resettlement and newcomer settlement, while respecting the following rules.


Users of the ccrlist must comply with the organization’s policies, including the CCR Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Policies.  The CCR acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that the ccrlist is free of discrimination and oppression and that all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  As such, messages which are discriminatory, oppressive or offensive can result in the sender being removed from the list. 

Content of messages

Users of the ccrlist are asked to follow the following guidelines when posting messages. 

  1. Messages must be directly related to the CCR mandate of refugee or immigration issues.
  2. Messages should be of broad interest.  Messages should be of enough significance to interest many list members.
  3. No messages to advertise local events.
  4. No fundraising messages (with the exception of those from and for CCR).
  5. No partisan messages (i.e. no messages in support of a political party or candidate).
  6. Job ads are only permitted if the job is of national interest, rooted in the refugee/immigration field.
  7. Messages should not contain any confidential information, such as information identifying a client.
  8. Posters may not forward someone else’s email without their permission (unless it is clearly a public announcement).
  9. Avoid long discussions.  Pursuing a particular thread over many messages is not likely to interest all list members. If you wish to keep a dialogue going on a specific topic, follow up directly with the list members who have shown interest in the debate.

Thank you for respecting these rules which will help keep the ccrlist a vital and effective forum for information exchange.

Notes regarding sending messages

When you send a message to the list, you yourself do not receive a copy (unless you change your options).

A reply to a message from the list goes to the person that sent the message. This means that you may occasionally get an error message in response to a message sent to the list, if one member's email address is not functioning.

Attachments: It is not possible for subscribers to send attachments to the ccrlist. Please send your information (which should be quite brief) in the text of the message itself. If you wish to make available more detailed information, you can, where appropriate, refer people to a website or offer to send to the attachment on request.

Respecting closed nature of ccrlist

DO NOT forward or publish confidential information from the CCRLIST. The CCRLIST is closed to government and media so that we can safely exchange information among NGOs. Unless the information on the CCRLIST is clearly public (e.g. media releases, public announcements), you should respect its confidentiality and not forward or publish the information without permission from the sender.

ccrtor listserv

The CCR also runs CCRTOR, a listserv for posting messages about events in Toronto.  If you are interested in receiving or posting Toronto-specific messages, you are encouraged to join ccrtor, as well as ccrlist, by sending a request to

Your personal options

You can choose a number of personal settings, including receiving the list in digest and suspending the list while you are away. Please go to:

Choose your options and press Join CCRLIST (you will be sent a confirmation), or select Log in from the options on the left (follow the instructions that will appear to get a listserv password).


As a subscriber, you can consult the ccrlist archives at:

You will need to log in (follow the instructions that will appear to get a listserv password).


The list is monitored by an Executive Committee.

If users feel that a message sent to the ccrlist does not comply with the policy, they should send a message to and the Executive Committee will look into it.

If a user is deemed to have violated the CCR’s policies, the Committee can either issue a warning or remove the user from the list. While the sender will be advised that a review is in process, the Committee has the right to immediately remove a user, if necessary.  The rationale for all removals will be documented.

Persons who are removed from the list by the Committee can appeal the decision, by making a formal appeal of the decision to the Executive, through the Montreal office.


To withdraw from the list, please send a message to: CCRLIST-unsubscribe-request@YORKU.CA

Other questions

For other questions about the administration of the list, please send an email to