Government commitment to resettlement

Resolution number: 
November 1994
  1. The government of Canada has historically had a commitment to the resettlement of refugees from abroad and indeed this commitment is incorporated in the Immigration Act;
  2. The government of Canada has a humanitarian obligation to refugees;
  3. Government assistance has always been the primary program for resettlement;
  4. Private sponsorship is a complementary program to government assistance and has always been understood by the voluntary sector to be an opportunity to respond to refugees above and beyond the government's commitment;
  5. Refugee concerns have been separated from immigration concerns in the ten-year framework;
  6. The formation of the "NGO-government Committee on Private Sponsorship" could result in a shift in government practice away from Canada's commitment to the admission of refugees;
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR call upon the Canadian government to honour and respect their commitment to the humanitarian resettlement of refugees from abroad, independent of the voluntary sector response.

Working Group: 
Overseas Protection and Resettlement