Program, CCR consultation, Fall 2018

For the overall agenda, see the consultation program.

Monday 8:30am - 9am

Orientation for new participants

Are you attending a CCR Consultation for the first time? Join this session to learn about the CCR, answer some common questions about the Consultation and meet some friendly faces.

Monday 9am - 10am

Working Group meetings, Part I

All participants who are not representing government should attend the Working Group meetings on Monday morning. These meetings will frame the discussions and introduce the issues to be addressed during the consultation. It is also a great way to start connecting with other participants.

Depending on your interests, choose which working group to attend:

Working group meetings are closed to government employees and media. Representatives of inter governmental organizations (IOM, UNHCR) are encouraged to attend as observers.

Monday 10:30 - 12 noon

Opening plenary fall 2018

A welcome and introduction to the consultation, with keynote speaker the Honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, former judge on the Court of Québec and long-time human rights activist.

Organized by: Executive
Sponsored by:
CAPIC - Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants

Monday 1:30pm - 3pm

Gender equity for refugees and (im)migrants

This workshop will explore the experiences of women-identified people in the immigration and refugee system with a focus on gender equity in immigration and refugee policy, and access to services and justice. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from speakers working in the field, and discuss ideas and strategies for action and collaboration.


Organized by: Anti-oppression

Services for refugee claimants 

This workshop will be an opportunity to hear about the situation of refugee claimants in different provinces with regards to access to services and other support. The moderators will facilitate a round-table discussion with speakers from BC, Ontario and Quebec, tying in the Manitoba perspective.

Discussions will be related to the results of the recent CCR resource for provincial advocacy, and participants will have a chance to share their perspectives and discuss opportunities for advocacy. 

Organized by: Joint workshop - IP and I&S

The Many Roads to Sponsorship Success across Canada

We will discuss successes and challenges of refugee sponsorship in smaller communities, with presentations from three different provinces. Participants will explore how some sponsorship groups have been able to maintain interest and momentum in their work over many years and look at novel ways to increase capacity that have been used over time, particularly in Winnipeg.

Organized by: OPR

Alternatives to Detention: updates on new national programs

Representatives from the Canada Border Services Agency, the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as service providers will share updates about the rollout of Alternatives to Detention programs across Canada.

Organized by: Inland Protection

Monday 3:30pm - 5pm

Conversations and Action Planning to support SOGIE Refugees and Refugee Claimants

The workshop will highlight the experiences of Canadian and Central American experts on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE), who will speak to regional advocacy priorities for supporting SOGIE refugees/ refugee claimants. Participants will be asked to propose an action plan and recommendations for community organizations doing this work.

Organized by: Executive

How to have better conversations about refugee issues (training)

Refugees and refugee claimants contribute to our communities in many ways and we need to hear more of these stories and benefits in the public.

Participate in this hands-on workshop to learn about tools and practice strategies to have impactful conversations about refugees - with potential supporters and people voicing concerns.

Organized by: Executive

Settlement of refugee claimants outside large cities: Perspectives from three provinces

Perspectives from organizations and refugee claimants on regionalization (settlement outside of large cities). What mechanisms and services exist to support relocation to smaller centres? What role do NGOs play in a context of unsupportive provincial government? Best practices and testimonials.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement

Artificial Intelligence and Legal Decisions

An examination of the practical and ethical implications of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in legal decision-making, including on immigration and refugee matters.

Organized by: Inland Protection
Sponsored by:
AQAADI - Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l'immigration

Tuesday 9am - 10am

Caucus sessions

Caucus sessions are informal discussions on a specific theme, for networking, information exchange and strategizing purposes. Participants will be able to choose between caucuses on a range of topics.

Topics to be covered include transportation loans, poverty issues, removals and trafficking.

Tuesday 10:30am - 12 noon

Refugee Protection, Ethics and Transparency: New media challenges (en français)

The realities of refugees and refugee claimants are a challenge for journalists covering these issues. There is no 'typical' refugee experience and each person has a unique experience to share.

This workshop will focus on strategies and tools for journalists and community partners to address issues affecting refugees, refugee claimants effectively and respectfully in public spaces, when necessary.

Organized by: Executive

Fighting Back against Predatory Employment Practices

This workshop provides a national overview of the trend towards targeting refugees and other precarious status migrants for the worst forms of employment. Worker organizers will share their strategies for fighting back and participants will be invited to consider how they might take this on in their own organizations.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement

Unaccompanied Minors in the Refugee Determination System 

This workshop will discuss how different provinces deal with unaccompanied minors in the Canadian refugee determination system. Through presentations of various provinical realities, the workshop will aim to identify gaps and challenges as well as good practices.

Organized by: Inland Protection

Root Causes of Forced Migration 101

This workshop will examine the root causes of forced migration. Using Burma (Myanmar) as a case study, we will explore how the absence of human rights and inclusive government, along with troubling histories, contribute to conflict, environmental degradation and persecution, and cause minorities and political activists to flee.

Organized by: OPR

Tuesday 1:30 - 3pm

Economic contributions of refugees

The number of refugees displaced by civil conflict or natural disasters is on the rise. Often refugees’ arrivals in third countries bring concern that they will become an economic drain on the countries that welcome them, but we know that in fact refugees have many positive economic impacts on host societies. Attend this workshop to hear about the economic contributions of refugees, and to brainstorm ways of framing these contributions in the context of the awareness-raising work of the CCR and other organizations such as your own.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement

Resilience & Resistance: Access to Justice for Trafficked Persons

This workshop will explore existing immigration pathways and legal remedies for trafficked persons, as well as promising initiatives and strategies in seeking access to justice. Geared to front-line workers and others doing systemic and direct advocacy, the workshop will consider access to justice from an anti-racism and anti-oppression perspective.

Organized by: Trafficking

Family reunification (training)

This session will provide practical information on family reunification processes, including difficult issues such as Excluded Family Member cases. The training is designed for people who support individuals, especially refugees, who are attempting to reunite with family members overseas. 

The workshop will divide into two - one in English, one in French.

Organized by: Executive

Strategic political engagement: next year

In the context of worrying trends in public perceptions of refugees, recent changes in provincial governments and upcoming elections, this session will provide an opportunity for CCR members (and other NGOs) to strategize about how we can most effectively advance our public education and advocacy goals in the coming year.

This session is closed to government and media.

Organized by: Joint strategy session

Tuesday 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Working Group meetings, Part II

In this second part of the working group meetings, participants will discuss follow up to the workshops and other strategies for collaboration, for action and for policy development. All participants who are not representing government should attend one of the Working Group meetings:

Working group meetings are closed to government employees and media. Representatives of inter governmental organizations (IOM, UNHCR) are encouraged to attend as observers.

Wednesday 9am - 10:30am

Youth-led programs

The CCR Youth Network has a vision for youth-led settlement programming, and it wants settlement organizations to get on board! As the Youth Network develops its youth engagement policy for organizations, this workshop will share the vision the YN has developed for the “Ideal Journey” to Canada for immigrant and refugee youth. We want to foster a conversation with CCR member organizations and allies about what they are currently doing to engage youth.   Participants will gain a better understanding how organizations that work with youth can make changes to implement youth engagement.


Organized by: Youth Network

Challenges Faced by Refugees in Host Countries

This workshop will provide first-hand accounts of the experiences of refugees in host countries (Lebanon, Turkey, Israel and Kenya). Speakers will provide an update about the current refugee situations in these countries, covering the vast span of challenges for refugees, including obtaining legal status and services from NGOs and UNHCR.

Organized by: OPR

A Dialogue with government on Refugee Claimant Issues

This session will provide an opportunity to hear from, and present concerns to government representatives about the many issues affecting refugee claimants. The Immigration and Refugee Board, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency will all be represented. Participants will be able to bring forward priority issues identified during the first two days of the consultation.

This session is closed to media.

Organized by: Executive

Wednesday 11am - 1pm

Closing Plenary and AGM

The closing session will offer an opportunity to hear from a closing speaker, recap the highlights of the consultation and debate resolutions. The session will include the CCR Annual General Meeting. 

Organized by: Executive