Public statement

Time for change!

Sat, 06/20/2020

The scourges of COVID-19 and anti-Black racism have opened our eyes in 2020 more widely than ever before to things that are fundamentally wrong in our society.

We rely on migrant workers, refugee claimants, and others with precarious status to do essential work to keep us fed, cared for, and safe. Yet we deny them the basic rights and supports necessary for them to keep themselves and their families safe.

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Call to ensure adequate support: Precarious status migrants should not be left behind

Tue, 05/05/2020

5 May 2020

 

The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Call to ensure adequate support: Precarious status migrants should not be left behind

Dear Prime Minister,

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Letter to Prime Minister regarding refugee measures in Budget bill

Thu, 04/11/2019

Letter from Amnesty International Canada (English Branch), British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Council for Refugees

11 April 2019

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

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MS St Louis apology must lead to renewed commitment to provide refuge

Wed, 11/07/2018

Refugees aboard MS St. Louis in Havana, Cuba, in May 1939. - U.S. Holocaust Memorial MuseumMS St Louis apology must lead to renewed commitment to provide refuge​

We welcome the federal government’s formal apology for Canada’s turning away of the MS St Louis passengers who were fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939.

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Letter to the Prime Minister: Concerns and questions over establishment of Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Thu, 08/09/2018

In a letter to the Prime Minister, civil society organizations from across Canada lay out concerns and questions regarding the appointment of a new and unprecedented Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.

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Letter regarding independence of Canada’s refugee determination system

Thu, 05/31/2018

Joint letter sent by the Canadian Council for Refugees, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), Amnesty International Canada (English Branch) and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)

 

31 May 2018

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
House of Commons
Ottawa ON  K1A 0A6

 

Dear Minister,

Re: Independence of Canada’s refugee determination system

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The CCR calls on Canada to care about caregivers

Thu, 03/08/2018

The Canadian Council for Refugees calls on Canada to care about caregivers

This International Women’s Day, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) calls on the federal government to change its policies to respect the rights and contributions of the many women who come to this country as caregivers.

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Open letter calling for a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

Fri, 01/19/2018

19 January 2018

 

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

 

Dear Prime Minister,

            The Canadian Council for Refugees joins its voice to the appeal from the National Council of Canadian Muslims requesting that January 29 be designated a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

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All equally human: non-discrimination on the basis of immigration status

Wed, 12/13/2017

Submission made by the Canadian Council for Refugees and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers to the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers’ Meeting on Human Rights, December 2017:

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Moving Forward: A vision for strengthened international human rights implementation in Canada

Mon, 12/11/2017

Moving Forward: A vision for strengthened international human rights implementation in Canada

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Refugee claimants: comment on use of terms

Mon, 11/06/2017

The CCR promotes the use of “refugee claimant” to describe a person who is seeking Canada’s protection at our borders, or within the country. Similarly, for the process, we prefer refugee claim process, or refugee determination process.

These are the terms traditionally used in Canada.

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UN Global Compact on Refugees and Global Compact for Migration: Our priorities

Mon, 10/02/2017

The following are priority concerns for the Canadian Council for Refugees with respect to the UN Global Compact on Refugees and the UN Global Compact for Migration

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On International Workers Day, Migrant Workers are still Precarious and Unsupported

Mon, 05/01/2017

This International Workers Day, migrant workers in Canada are still waiting for the federal government to take substantive action to protect them from exploitation and to recognize the value of their contribution to the Canadian economy and communities.

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Reunite refugee families this Refugee Rights Day

Mon, 04/03/2017

4 April 2017

Reunite refugee families this Refugee Rights Day

On Refugee Rights Day 2017, the Canadian Council for Refugees is drawing attention to the need for equal access to family reunification for refugees.

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Refugee claimants entering from US need our protection

Thu, 01/12/2017

Recently, there has been an increase in people entering from the US to make a refugee claim in Canada. There have also been distressing reports of people suffering serious frostbite as they attempt to enter Canada.

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Celebrating diversity and the tradition of welcome this holiday season

Wed, 12/21/2016

This holiday season, the Canadian Council for Refugees invites Canadians to rejoice in the ways in which our communities and our own lives are enriched by welcoming newcomers.

Over the past year, tens of thousands of children, women and men who have lived through unspeakable horrors have found refuge and a safe home here. All who played a part in welcoming refugees have been reminded that we gain most when we give to others.

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2017 Immigration Levels - Comments

Mon, 12/19/2016

Overall levels

  • The CCR welcomes the fact that, at 300,000 new permanent residents, the overall immigration level for 2017 remains above the levels in recent years (the average annual level 2000-2015 was 250,000). Nevertheless, we are disappointed that the number is not higher. CCR believes that immigration levels should be set at a minimum of 1% of the population (which would be 350,000). It is important that we also invest the resources needed for successful settlement and integration.
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International Migrants Day: Important victory for migrant workers must be first step towards a more just system

Fri, 12/16/2016

16 December 2016

The CCR applauds the federal government for eliminating on December 13 the “cumulative duration” rule that limits temporary foreign workers’ participation in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to four years. This is a victory for the many migrant workers and advocates that have been fighting against the rule, and an important step towards recognizing the rights of workers who are active contributors to the Canadian economy and society.

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Statement on death of Abdirahman Abdi

Tue, 08/02/2016

The CCR is deeply distressed at the tragic death of Abdirahman Abdi following a troubling altercation with officers of the Ottawa Police Service.

We extend our sincere condolences to Mr Abdi’s family and to all who knew him as a friend and neighbour.

Mr Abdi came to Canada to escape violence in Somalia. We regret profoundly that he was not able to find a haven from violence in Canada.

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Statement on Blended Visa Office Referred Refugees

Thu, 07/21/2016

The principle of additionality is fundamental to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Privately sponsored refugees are over and above the refugees resettled by the government (Government Assisted Refugees). Canadians want to know that their government is fulfilling its responsibility, on behalf of all Canadians, to protect refugees through resettlement, and that any refugees they sponsor are additional to those resettled by the government.

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Call for a resettlement plan reflecting equity for all regions

Tue, 05/24/2016

At a time when the numbers of people forcibly displaced worldwide are reaching record levels, the renewed warmth of Canada’s response to refugees is a much-needed sign of hope.

Countless Canadians have added their efforts to the government’s massive operation to resettle more than 25,000 Syrian refugees. Communities continue to mobilize to support those who have arrived. Many Canadian private sponsors are still waiting impatiently for Syrians, having worked hard to raise funds and to organize themselves to provide the assistance that will be needed.

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Statement for Refugee Rights Day 2016

Thu, 03/31/2016

The Canadian Council for Refugees joins Canadians across the country in celebrating Refugee Rights Day on April 4.

This year, when so many people fleeing persecution are being welcomed into Canada, Refugee Rights Day provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the fact that protecting refugees is at heart about recognizing refugees as human beings. Like all human beings, their basic rights need to be respected.

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Open letter on Temporary Foreign Worker Program review

Wed, 03/09/2016

9 March 2016

 

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
140 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0J9

 

The Honourable John McCallum, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1L1

 

Dear Ministers,

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Statement for International Women's Day 2016

Tue, 03/08/2016

On International Women’s Day, the CCR reflects on the situation of newcomer women in Canada, and on opportunities for improvements in the coming years.

The CCR welcomes the announcement by Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum that the government will soon follow through on its campaign promise to repeal conditional permanent residence. Since its implementation in 2012, this measure has made sponsored spouses, particularly women, more vulnerable to abuse and has forced some to remain in abusive relationships in order to avoid losing status in Canada.

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Statement - Syrian refugees: responding to all

Wed, 01/27/2016

The Canadian Council for Refugees welcomes the announcement by the federal government of a Syrian Family Links initiative, designed to connect Syrian refugees who have family in Canada with Canadian private sponsors seeking to identify refugees in need of resettlement.

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Rebuilding a warm Canadian response to refugees from around the world

Wed, 12/23/2015

The Canadian Council for Refugees welcomes the outpouring of warmth and hospitality towards Syrian refugees demonstrated by countless Canadians, including by offers of private sponsorship.

At the same time the new federal government has made refugees a priority, as shown by their undertakings to resettle Syrian refugees and the inclusion of refugees in the title of the Minister and his department (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship). Provincial and municipal governments have also shown leadership in their welcome of refugees.

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