Program, CCR consultation, Spring 2020

The sessions all begin at the same time and last 90 minutes (unless otherwise indicated):

2pm Eastern 
3:30pm Newfoundland
3pm Atlantic
1pm Central
12 noon Mountain
11am Pacific

20 May 2020

Dialogue with Corinne Prince, Director General, Settlement and Integration, IRCC

The session will provide an opportunity to explore how COVID-19 has affected settlement and integration in Canada, and how we move forward in a positive way in this new context. Tim Foran, Sr. Director, Settlement and Integration Policy Branch, will also give an update on IRCC’s Review of Services and Service Delivery for Government-Assisted Refugees.

Organized by: Executive
21 May 2020

Access to Resettlement: Formal and Informal Exclusions

Global resettlement needs far exceed the number of resettlement spaces available. Resettlement is a complex process involving several stages and including multiple global, national and local actors. In each stage of resettlement, refugees must meet certain selection criteria. What happens if the selection criteria inadvertently creates extra barriers for some populations or excludes them altogether? In this workshop, panelists will discuss barriers to accessing resettlement globally and nationally, and will highlight some groups that face particular challenges in accessing resettlement.

Resource persons will include Rema Jamous Imseis, UNHCR representative in Canada, Nadine Nasir, Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Sharalyn Jordan, Rainbow Refugee

Organized by: OPR
22 May 2020

Orientation Session

This 1h session is a great time to ask your questions about the CCR: what is the structure of the CCR? where and how can I participate?

Through a short presentation, we will explain to you how the CCR works and what are the opportunities for you to get more involved. 

2:00pm-2:30pm will be in English

2:30pm-3:00pm will be in French

Organized by: Executive
25 May 2020

LGBT+ awareness in mainstream organizations

This training workshop will feature mainstream organizations sharing their practices in delivering services in a safe and friendly space for Queer folks and the importance of designing programs specific for LGBTQ folks.

With Kiana Reyes, MOSAIC, Corrie Melanson, Rainbow Refugee of Nova Scotia and Sizwe Inkingi, OCASI

Organized by: Executive
26 May 2020

Recovering from the Aftermath of COVID-19: Housing, Employment, International Students

As we are still in the process of recovery, this session will highlight some of the inequities and challenges newcomers are facing pre, during and post-COVID-19 in the areas of employment and housing. Pre-existing inequities are magnified in this context. The second part of the webinar will focus on the impacts of this pandemic on international students, among the most hardly hit.

With Basak Yanar, Institute for Work & Health, Armin Boroumand, Centre social d'aide aux immigrants, Alexandra Dawley, MOSAIC

The session will be moderated by Sabrina Dumitra, AMSSA

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
27 May 2020

Housing, Healthcare and Income Support for Temporary and Non-Status Migrants

This workshop will discuss the intersecting issues of housing, health, healthcare and income support for temporary foreign workers and non-status migrants in the context of COVID-19. Gendered experiences and impacts will be discussed. Challenges of navigating federal and provincial jurisdictions, and across borders, and variability across TFWP streams will be addressed. 

The second part of the webinar will focus on two case studies highlighting some of the vulnerabilities affecting non-status migrants workers and we will open the floor to hear about other cases from participants.

With Jenna Hennebry, International Migration Research Centre, Dennis Juarez, MOSAIC and Luis Alberto Mata, FCJ Refugee Centre

Moderator: Jill Hanley, Immigrant Workers Centre

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
28 May 2020

Supporting Refugee Claimants in a Virtual World

This session will address some of the additional challenges claimants are facing as a result of the pandemic. There will be an opportunity to exchange with IRCC on some specific issues. We will also address how NGOs can effectively and securely adapt to virtual strategies to support claimants.

With Martin Mündel, Director, Asylum Program Division, IRCC, Edward J. Apostol, Senior Instructor, Web and Mobile Technology, and (from the Immigration and Refugee Board) Roula Eatrides, Deputy Chair, Refugee Protection Division and Paula Thompson, Deputy Chair, Refugee Appeal Division.

Note: this session will last two hours.

Organized by: Inland Protection
29 May 2020

Public education: hope-based messaging

When communicating to move public opinion, it's important to advocate for and not just against something. In this webinar,  participants will learn the principles of narrative reframing and how to use proven techniques of hope-based communications to influence how our audiences view refugees and to more effectively advance our advocacy goals, including in this pandemic context.

With Louisa Taylor, Refugee 613, and Josh Boyter, ISANS.

Organized by: Executive
2 Jun 2020

Inland Protection Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss action items and resolutions from the workshops, as well as other recommendations for collective action, in the area of Inland Protection (includes refugee claimants and detention in Canada).

Any resolution to be presented at the CCR General Meeting (12 June) must first be approved by the relevant Working Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 hours.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

3 Jun 2020

Immigration and Settlement Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss action items and resolutions from the workshops, as well as other recommendations for collective action, in the area of Immigration and Settlement (includes migrant worker issues).

Any resolution to be presented at the CCR General Meeting (12 June) must first be approved by the relevant Working Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 hours.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

4 Jun 2020

Overseas Protection and Resettlement Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss action items and resolutions from the workshops, as well as other recommendations for collective action, in the area of Overseas Protection and Resettlement (overseas refugee issues and resettlement).

Any resolution to be presented at the CCR General Meeting (12 June) must first be approved by the relevant Working Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 hours.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

5 Jun 2020

Joint Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss advocacy in pandemic and post-pandemic context, bringing together the priorities and perspectives of all three working groups. How can we be most effective in our advocacy, as CCR and through member organizations, in our advocacy on behalf of refugees and precarious migrants?

The meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

8 Jun 2020

Work permit issues

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss with IRCC officials various issues related to work permits, such as online applications, length of validity, extensions and biometrics questions. We will focus on work permits for refugee claimants, but also consider issues faced by people in other immigration streams.

Organized by: Inland Protection
9 Jun 2020

Supporting precarious migrants during the pandemic and beyond: a gender-based lens

Migrants are more likely to face barriers related to housing, income, immigration status, violence or trauma, health insurance, and language. They are more likely to work in critical health care and social assistance, or as temporary foreign workers: some of the most socially-vulnerable sectors of the pandemic. Barriers to protection are even greater when migrants face exploitative work and living conditions. This webinar will look at these factors with a gender-based lens and ask:

  • How does gender impact the precarity of migrants?
  • How do we support precarious migrants in trafficking and exploited situations?
  • What have we learned from the pandemic in terms of gaps in protection?
  • How do we address the gaps moving forward?

Presenters/Resource persons:

  • Natalie Drolet, Migrant Workers Centre (Vancouver)
  • Fay Faraday, Social justice lawyer (Toronto)
  • Simone Wood: Community perspective (Toronto)
  • Leah Woolner, Mouvement contre le viol et l’inceste (Montreal)
Organized by: Anti-Trafficking Committee
10 Jun 2020

Forced Labour Happens in Canada (Press Conference and Public Education event)

Forced Labour Happens in Canada: precarious migrants call for justice and protection

To participate in the webinar on Forced Labour Happens in Canada (public education event, open to the media), please register here (free of charge).

Through fraud, coercion, deception and exploitation, migrants in Canada may find themselves in situations of forced labour, a form of human trafficking. Yet, existing remedies fall short of providing protection or justice.

The Temporary Resident Permit for Victims of Human Trafficking (VTIP-TRP) is the only available federal tool for protection of internationally trafficked persons in Canada. However, TRPs are issued at the discretion of the immigration officer, incon­sistently, and their administration varies across regions.

Trafficked persons who fail to get TRPs are left in limbo, without protection. This vulnerability has become even more evident during the pandemic.

Front-line workers and human rights advocates are calling for the federal government to:

  • Make VTIP-TRPs accessible to traf­ficked persons in a way that reflects how people are coerced and exploited in Canada. This grounded understanding of international trafficking in Canada needs to be consistently applied across all provinces.
  • Collaborate with front-line workers who have expert understanding of how recruitment, deception, fraud, coercion is a means to exploit people in Canada.
  • Seize this unprecedented opportunity to put human rights and social justice at the centre of immigration policies and programs as reflected in our long-term policy demands

This public education event will be open to the media.

With Shelley Gilbert, Legal Assistance of Windsor, Sue Wilson, Sisters of St. Joseph Canada, Natalie Drolet, Migrant Workers Centre, Leah Woolner, Mouvement contre le viol et l'inceste, and migrant workers with lived experience.

All are welcome to participate to get informed about what human trafficking looks like in Canada, and to find out how to take action.

To participate in the webinar on Forced Labour Happens in Canada (press conference and public education event), please register here (free of charge).

Organized by: Anti-Trafficking Committee
16 Jun 2020

Youth Engagement Sustainability (YES): Organizational Change Towards Youth Empowerment

During this workshop, we will share the key learnings from the YES project, a community of practice for organizations that have youth programs and are interested in implementing a youth engagement approach. We will highlight the unique process of facilitating a community of practice. There will be an open discussion to explore and unpack the major challenges related to youth engagement.

Organized by: Youth Network
17 Jun 2020

Post-Negative Decision Recourses for Rejected Refugee Claimants

The workshop is a panel discussion that explores recourses and strategies available to rejected refugee claimants. The discussion will highlight legal options within the Canadian immigration and refugee system as well strategies for civil initiative to prevent deportation and obtain status.

Participants will engage in Q&A and have access to information on the refugee appeal options and links.

This session is closed to government and media.

Organized by: Inland Protection
18 Jun 2020

Integration challenges for Francophone newcomers in minority francophone communities

This workshop aims to bring people together to clarify the challenges faced by francophone newcomers when they settle in anglophone majority communities and to share experiences in resolving these challenges. The first part of the webinar will give some context to these challenges and explore how they can hinder a successful integration. In the second part, we would like participants to enter in an appreciative dialogue that will allow us to share best practices and explore joint possible solutions. 

Organized by: Executive
23 Jun 2020

Caucus: Private sponsors Code of Ethics

Join this interactive session to explore and discuss the ethical principles of support for privately sponsored refugees and assist us to revise the CCR’s Code of ethics for groups involved in the private sponsorship of refugees. In collaboration with RSTP, we will be soliciting your input into a revised code & how-to guide to train sponsors, and also digging into how we could use this guide to prepare for ethical issues emerging in sponsorship from COVID-19.  

Organized by: OPR
25 Jun 2020

Caucus: Unaccompanied minor claimants

Canada has no national strategy for supporting and protecting the rights of unaccompanied minors who are making refugee claims. How youth are treated varies across the country and there are many gaps and inconsistencies in how much support they get (either with their general life or with pursuing their refugee claim). This caucus is designed to share information and strategies across regions in order to work to improve things for these youth.

Organized by: Inland Protection
26 Jun 2020

Public education: hope-based messaging (part 2)

This is a follow up to the May 29 workshop. Participants will work through a scenario and apply principles of hope-based communication