Resolutions adopted May 2003

1. Non-status immigrants

Whereas:
  1. Undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees who have been living without status in Canada have made and continue to make vital contributions to our society;
  2. They have been denied access to basic social supports, health services and educational opportunities;
  3. They are exploited and marginalized because of lack of status;
  4. The rights of the children of undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees, including those who are Canadian-born, are often violated and they and their parents have no recourse because they are fearful of being deported;
  5. An increasingly restrictive Canadian immigration policy serves as a prohibitive barrier to equitable access to immigration to Canada;
  6. In the past the Canadian Government has instituted special programs to regularize the status of such persons without status;
  7. A just and humane solution must be sought to address the problem of the large numbers of undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees in the country;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR, together with other organizations and coalitions working for the rights of undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees, advocate with CIC to develop a process that will allow those without status the opportunity to have their status regularized in Canada.

2. Client code of rights

Whereas:

The provision of services of a certain quality is a social responsibility for agencies providing services to refugee and immigrant clients;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Support the development of a "Client Code of Rights" that will inform clients of their rights and outline a process of complaint when accessing services;
  2. Facilitate the endorsement of a client code of rights by CCR members.

12. Extensions for filing PIFs and abandonments

Whereas:
  1. The IRB is denying extensions of time for filing PIFs and where extensions are granted they are for 1-2 weeks maximum;
  2. This does not allow for difficulties claimants experience when they:
    a)are detained; b)require translation (language issues);
    c)require an experienced counsel (e.g. gender, sexual orientation);
    d)face delays in obtaining legal aid;
    e)reside in smaller centres with no easy access to counsel;
    f)are survivors of torture and trauma;
  3. The IRB is declaring abandonment even where a claimant has produced a PIF and has a reasonable explanation for the delay;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Ask the Chairperson of the IRB to issue a directive to allow for longer (1 month or more) extensions for filing of PIFs;
  2. Ask the IRB Chairperson to issue a directive that cases not be declared abandoned if the PIF is filed in advance of or at an abandonment hearing.