Budget bill targets refugees at their most vulnerable
The new omnibus budget bill could lead to newly arrived refugees being deprived of social assistance.
Provisions in Bill C-43 would allow provinces to impose residency requirements for access to social assistance for refugee claimants and other people without permanent status in Canada. Currently, theFederal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Actprohibits any minimum period of residency requirement for access to social assistance benefits.
This could leave newly-arrived refugee claimants without any means to survive, at precisely the time when they are most vulnerable.
Death of Lucia Vega Jimenez: Oversight of border agency needed
The CCR welcomes many of the recommendations at the inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez while in the hands of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada’s border police.
Many of the recommendations from the Coroner’s inquest are in line with the CCR’s own recommendations to ensure the fair and accountable treatment of migrants in CBSA detention. The CCR also continues to call for an independent oversight body for the agency.
Register now for CCR Fall Consultation, National Forum on Trafficking in Persons, Training on applications to the Refugee Appeal Division
Join us at the CCR Fall Consultation to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement and to hear from speakers like François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.
Conference discussions will address issues that challenge refugees, immigrants, advocates and community workers. Register before 7 November to take advantage of the reduced fees!
Workshop topics include:
Urgent protection and refugee resettlement
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and limits of authority
Access to healthcare
The Syrian-Iraqi refugee crisis: Canada’s response
Dealing with problematic lawyers or consultants
Protection for refugees in countries of first asylum
How the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) works
Proud to Protect Refugees: What should we say and do?
Information about the consultation and online registration are available at: ccrweb.ca/meetings
Next CCR webinar: 12 November - Training on humanitarian and compassionate applications
This webinar with Rathika Vasavithasan will give an overview of the Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) Evidence Gathering Toolkit developed by the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic for services providers to help their clients, women who have experienced violence.
Find answers to questions when gathering evidence in applications dealing with gender-based violence, as well as when reviewing the checklist with clients. The webinar will also provides some helpful resources to assist workers and clients to gather strong supporting evidence for the H&C.