Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 10 #6, 2 November 2015

Vol. 10 no. 6, 2 November 2015

In this issue:

  1. Letter to the Prime Minister Designate: Top priorities for refugees and newcomers

Canada must build welcoming communitiesFollowing the federal election, the CCR sent a letter to Prime Minister Designate, Justin Trudeau, congratulating him and thanking him for his party’s strong stance in favour of welcoming refugees to Canada.
Based on the CCR’s long-term goals outlined in Seven Keys to Protecting and Welcoming Refugees: A vision for Canada, the letter highlighted 11 simple, short-term objectives ranging from introducing flexible measures to reunite Syrians with family in Canada to making strong government statements on the importance of Canada welcoming refugees.
To read the full letter, including our recommendations for immediate government action, see:

  1. Conditional Permanent Residence: Failure in policy and practice

Failure of conditional permanent resodence for sponsored spousesThe CCR’s new report ‘Conditional Permanent Residence: Failure in policy and practice’, concludes that a three-year-old measure has increased the vulnerability of many sponsored newcomers, particularly victims of domestic violence.
Under current rules, some sponsored spouses risk being stripped of their permanent residence and deported from Canada if they separate from their spouse within two years of receiving permanent residence. The rules include an exception for cases of abuse or neglect; however, many organizations including the CCR have questioned the effectiveness of the exception.
We welcome the incoming government’s commitment to repealing Conditional Permanent Residence and eliminating this unnecessary and harmful measure that disproportionately affects women.
For more information, read the press release announcing the report at:
To read the report including findings from responses with 140 organizations, go to:

  1. Report from the Youth Action Gathering 2015, 3-4 October, Vancouver

Brainstorming at the Youth Action GatheringThe Youth Action Gathering (YAG) is the CCR Youth Network’s annual conference by and for immigrant and refugee youth across Canada to talk about issues that affect newcomer youth and share ideas and strategies to address them.

Nearly 200 participants from 6 provinces attended the conference. Most were youth of refugee and immigrant backgrounds, as well as indigenous youth and allies.

A diverse group of speakers - elected officials, immigrant/settlement sector leaders and activists - spoke on the immigration system, access to education, migrant and indigenous movements, gender and sexual orientation, and more.

Priority issues emerging from the YAG:

  • Immigration policy directions
  • Access to education
  • Mental health
Recommendations for priority actions:
  • Start hiring young people
  • Support youth scholarships
  • Develop more youth engagement/leadership

Learn more about the YAG: A more detailed report will be available soon.

  1. Early registration ends soon: Register for Canadian Council for Refugees national Fall Consultation, Hamilton, 26-28 November 2015

Courage, Contributions, ResilienceWith views from all Canadian provinces and with participants in fields as diverse as mental health services and the law, this conference offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy.
Join us to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at the CCR Fall Consultation on the theme of Courage, Contributions, Resilience. All are welcome to participate!
On the Consultation program:

 Workshop topics include:
  • Struggling with access to mental health care
  • Training on permanent residence and citizenship issues for frontline workers
  • Social innovation projects
  • Building public support for refugee resettlement

… and many more
Reserve your accommodation at the Consultation site, the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, by 5 November and register by 6 November to take advantage of the reduced fees!
Information about the Consultation and online registration are available at:

Coming to the CCR Consultation in Hamilton? There is no better time to apply for membership as a Member (for groups and organizations) or as an Associate Member (for unaffiliated individuals).
Submit a complete membership application and your Consultation registration by 6 November 2015 to receive member-priced Consultation registration rates and CCR membership for 2016. Click here for more details.

  1. Ensure a solid future for refugees: Donate to the CCR’s Endowment Fund

We are pleased to announce two recent donations to the CCR Endowment Fund totalling $25,000. Gifts to the Endowment Fund, such as these, help us go a long way and sustain the future of our work.
The CCR Endowment Fund was created to provide a secure, long-term source of income to support and sustain the mission of the CCR. As an independent coalition, the CCR receives no core funding from government and heavily relies on donations to be able to work towards ensuring that Canada protects refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world, and that it remains open and welcoming to newcomers.
If you, or someone you know, are thinking of leaving a legacy gift or making a major donation that will be invested in long-term support, contributing to the CCR Endowment Fund is a great way to make a powerful impact in the years to come.

  • Make a donation to the CCR Endowment Fund, the best way to sustain our work for the future;
  • Include the CCR Endowment Fund in your will;
  • Introduce the CCR Endowment Fund to others who share our values and who might wish to contribute.

For more on the CCR Endowment Fund and how to make a long-lasting gift:
There are also many other ways to make a gift in support of our work:

  1. New from the CCR

- Report: Conditional Permanent Residence: Failure in policy and practice

Read this report, based on responses from 140 organizations , released on the third anniversary of this measure that disproportionately affects women:

Upcoming Meetings

Fall Consultation 2015, Thursday, 26 November - Saturday, 28 November, Hamilton

Spring Consultation 2016, Thursday 2 June - Saturday 4 June, Saskatoon

Fall Consultation 2016, dates to be determined, Montreal