CCR Resolutions Database

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Res.: 18 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. International human rights instruments which Canada has signed require that children's best interests be given priority consideration;
  2. A number of recent decisions by H and C and PRRA officers seem to indicate that full consideration of the best interests of the child is not being applied;
  3. There are no written guidelines to follow for CIC officers when assessing the best interests of the child, and the new IP5 manual does not deal satisfactorily with this issue:
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that written guidelines on the best interests of the child to be used by CIC officers within Canada and abroad, be developed in consultation with the CCR and other organizations promoting the rights of children.

Res.: 23 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Gender claims can take time to emerge , especially if the agent of persecution is a family member or the principal applicant, and the woman's claim was not heard;
  2. The PRRA could be one remedy for a gender-based claim that was not previously heard;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call upon CIC:

  1. To accept at the PRRA level, claims based on gender, including severed claims, as "new evidence" to be considered.
  2. To designate specific gender experts as PRRA officers in each region.
  3. To ensure that all PRRA officers receive ongoing gender based training including relevant case examples.
Res.: 1 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Immigrants and refugees with and without status have contributed to Canada's economic and social well-being throughout this country's history;
  2. Canada is home to many immigrants and refugees who do not have permanent resident status;
  3. These immigrants and refugees have come to Canada for a variety of reasons, including social problems, war, political persecution, family reunification and economic dislocation, often as a result of globalization and trade liberalization;
  4. An increasingly restrictive Canadian immigration policy screens out all but a select few;
  5. The Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement could create more non-status persons by forcing refugee claimants to turn to desperate measures in an attempt to reach their destinations;
  6. Organizations such as the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians (VACC), le Comité d'action des sans statut, the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and STATUS (Campaign to regularize Non-Status Immigrants) recognize the struggles persons without status face here in Canada;
  7. As members of the CCR, we are part of a progressive organization that is committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Continue to raise the level of awareness of the needs of non-status immigrants and refugees living in Canada through CCR networks and consultations;
  2. Advocate for the rights of non-status immigrants and refugees in Canada;
  3. Raise with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration the regularization of non-status immigrants and refugees living in Canada;
  4. Endorse and support campaigns working for the rights of non-status immigrants and refugees in Canada which are consistent with CCR policies.
Res.: 11 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Since 1985 many Tibetans have been living in India and Nepal without prospects of local integration;
  2. Today the deteriorating political situation in India and Nepal has further placed these refugees in jeopardy;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR ask CIC to:

  1. Consider the precarious security situations of Tibetans in certain countries of asylum, in particular those in India and Nepal, and to process applications for resettlement to Canada through both the government assisted and the private sponsorship of refugees programs as expeditiously as possible;
  2. Expedite landing and family reunification of Tibetans by accepting their identity documents issued by the Tibetan government in exile.
Res.: 16 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Canada is proposing to implement the Safe Third Country Agreement;
  2. The USA is involved in regional conflicts e.g. Plan Colombia, Andean Initiatives, and Middle East conflicts which create internally displaced persons and asylum seekers;
  3. CCR recognizes that US asylum procedures may be prejudicial and/or biased towards asylum seekers from countries that have significant US involvement in those countries' conflicts;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR ask the Canadian Government to exempt all asylum seekers from such countries from being sent back to the United States under the Safe Third Country Agreement.

 

Res.: 21 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Unsuccessful refugee claimants who have exhausted all remedies in Canada may be interested in voluntary return to their countries;
  2. Such unsuccessful refugee claimants have a need for informed and independent counselling about the pros and cons of such a decision;
  3. In some European countries, NGOs have developed programs to provide counselling for those unsuccessful claimants who are considering voluntary return, including partial return of taxes or pension contributions and establishment money;
  4. CIC has began to pilot voluntary return programs and those subject to such programs receive no counselling on their rights and options except from CIC officials and no assistance except for the cost of airfare in some cases;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Support the proposition that NGOs have a role to play in the provision of counselling for unsuccessful refugee claimants as to the consequence of voluntarily returning to their countries.
  2. Form a committee to study the issue of voluntary return of refugees and to report on possible models of providing counselling and assistance to unsuccessful refugee claimants.
  3. The above committee in preparing its report consult with potential partners in the provision of such counselling such as, but not limited to, UNHCR, IOM, Amnesty International, and CIC.
Res.: 9 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Voluntary repatriation is one of the durable solutions to the problems of refugees;
  2. According to repatriation guidelines, sustainable living conditions must be ensured before repatriation operations are undertaken;
  3. The current conditions in Afghanistan do not fulfill the required conditions because of security problems, human rights violations and general unrest and instability;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Government of Canada to:

  1. Provide adequate support to refugees in refugee camps until such time that the conditions become conducive for voluntary repatriation;
  2. Explore other options such as resettlement of Afghan refugees to Canada and that the visa officers assess claims on individual merit an not presumed country conditions.
Res.: 14 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Africa continues to be a source of refugees and international migration as a result of internal conflicts and political instabilities;
  2. The Canadian Government has classified a number of African countries as ‘Source Countries' of refugees;
  3. Refugees from these countries are not benefiting from such classification due to logistical and bureaucratic challenges;
  4. The International Region of CIC has not developed any strategic plan to deal with the protection and resettlement of refugees from African Source Countries;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Recommend that the Canadian Government consult with relevant grassroots community based organizations and concerned individuals in formulating program implementation relating to the protection and resettlement of refugees through the source country program so that valuable resources are utilized appropriately;
  2. Urge the International Region of CIC to assign more resources to the processing of refugee applications out of African Source Countries;
  3. Recommend that a joint ad hoc committee of CIC and concerned agencies of CCR be established to undertake a total review of the Source Country Class Program.
Res.: 19 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The questions around the care and protection of separated children arriving in Canada are a growing concern;
  2. The CCR contributed to the preparation of the ‘Best Practices' document developed by the Focal Point on Separated Children in the Americas, a project of the International Bureau on Children's Rights;
  3. The Focal Point on Separated Children in the Americas has asked for endorsement by organizations;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR endorse this Best Practices document by the Focal Point on Separated Children in the Americas, and encourage member organizations to do the same.

 

Res.: 24 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. GBA of the impact of IRPA is mandated through legislation;
  2. A report of the Gender impacts will be included in the Minister's annual report each year;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to commit adequate resources and priority to monitoring the gender impacts of IRPA and to change policies where negative differential impacts on women are identified.

Res.: 2 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The current HRDC priorities for funding are: women, youth, aboriginal people, people with disabilities;
  2. The current HRDC practice provides no resources to assist new Canadians to fully participate in the Canadian labour market;
  3. These policies are designed to assist disadvantaged populations to enter the mainstream labour market;
  4. The integration of newcomers to the Canadian labour market requires a head start equal to that of the already identified groups;
Therefore be it resolved:

That CCR contact the minister responsible for HRDC and urge that the HRDC recognize as a priority group newcomers to Canada to ensure their full participation into the Canadian labour market.

 

Res.: 7 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The government of Canada is now contemplating the use of temporary work permits to attract new immigrants to settle in smaller communities:
  2. The use of temporary work permits with geographical limitations to attract potential immigrants and their families to Canada is cruel and damaging, if, for some reasons beyond their reasonable control, permanent residency is not eventually granted;
  3. Restricting mobility within Canada is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and will create two classes of residents;
  4. Restricting settlement in certain areas without adequate access to settlement, economic and social services may impose undue hardship on new immigrants and the host communities.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to:

  1. Desist from implementing any re-population strategy for smaller communities that involves immigration without consulting stakeholders and ensuring that these communities have the supports necessary to welcome new immigrants;
  2. Refrain from extending the program which uses temporary permits as a pre-condition to obtaining the right to apply for permanent residence status at the end of a specified time period.
Res.: 12 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. A Vietnamese group of about 2000 refugees screened out by the Comprehensive Plan of Action still lives in Palawan, Philippines in very poor conditions and without any prospect of a durable solution for either repatriation or local integration;
  2. This group of refugees has ties to Canada through family and other community links;
  3. The Vietnamese Canadian community is offering sponsorship under the Private Sponsorship Program;
  4. UNHCR has acknowledged that this group of persons is in need of a durable solution;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Government of Canada to consider this group of refugees for resettlement to Canada through the private sponsorship of refugees program.

 

Res.: 17 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The IRPA eliminates the right to a hearing before the IRB for anyone who is sentenced to two years or more in jail for a crime committed in Canada, regardless of his or her personal circumstances;
  2. The diversity of circumstances of those affected by this provision encompasses cases where compassion and equity should be extended;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Solicit statements and submissions from those affected by this policy both through member agencies and the community at large;
  2. Advocate for the creation of an equitable power in a decision-maker independent of CIC to make a determination as to the propriety of removal from Canada of refugees and permanent residents.
Res.: 22 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. In 1994, CCR passed a resolution urging the implementation of the recommendations outlined in "After the Door Has Been Opened" in regard to the mental health of refugee and immigrants;
  2. There has been no documented implementation or follow-up on the recommendations;
  3. There are limited and restricting resources for mental health services under the Interim Federal Health Program;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request the development of a joint task group made up of CCR, CIC, Health Canada and relevant Québec ministries to investigate the outcome of the report's recommendations with an intent to re-evaluate the current status of mental health programming for refugees and immigrants and develop a national implementation strategy;
  2. Request that CIC, Health Canada and their Québec counterparts provide the resources to facilitate the consultation processes;
  3. Put in place measures to ensure broad representation of all stakeholders i.e. mental health practitioners, refugees and settlement providers;
  4. Request that as an interim measure, CIC ensure that resources are provided to the Interim Federal Health Program to provide for both short and long-term mental health services and that it be applied consistently across Canada.
Res.: 5 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Knowledge Matters documents the necessity of integrating the skills of immigrants into the Canadian labour market;
  2. HRDC is encouraging the development of cross-sectoral partnerships to facilitate labour market integration;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate with HRDC for the allocation of funding to enable immigrant serving agencies to increase their capacity and facilitate the development of appropriate cross-sectoral partnerships to address local needs.

 

Res.: 10 , Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The Canadian Government has enacted new regulations for managing access to the refugee resettlement program;
  2. The new provisions require refugees seeking resettlement to obtain a private sponsorship, or a referral from UNHCR or a designated referral organization;
  3. No referral organizations have been designated to date, other than UNHCR, and none is likely be designated before the end of 2003;
  4. Refugee referrals to the refugee resettlement programme will be insufficient to meet the targets for 2003;
  5. There is a limited exception for direct access for refugee referrals in certain geographic regions which the Minister designates;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Canadian Government to:

  1. Enhance the ability of UNHCR to refer cases for resettlement until other viable referral mechanisms are put into place;
  2. Make greater use of its authority in S. 150 of IRPR to allow direct access for refugees seeking resettlement.
Res.: 14 , May 2002
Whereas:

There is no consistently applied government policy priorizing refugee processing, the decision being left to individual officers at the posts;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and request a consistent application for all posts of the policy priorizing refugees.

 

Res.: 1 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Children make up approximately as much as half of all asylum seekers in the industrialized world;
  2. Refugee and immigrant youth are particularly vulnerable and have a unique set of needs;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Continuously raise the level of awareness of the needs of immigrant and refugee youth through CCR networks and consultations;
  2. Advocate for the rights of immigrant and refugee youth in Canada.
Res.: 6 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. More than a thousand people are presently awaiting a hearing at the IRB for a repeat claim;
  2. The transitional measures will have the consequence of depriving these claimants of their repeat claim by deeming them ineligible under IRPA;
  3. IRPA bars access to PRRA for repeat claimants who have returned to Canada less than 6 months after their departure;
  4. Many of these repeat claimants returned to Canada more than 3 months but less than 6 months after their departure, and would thus be ruled ineligible for PRRA;
  5. A significant number of repeat claims are determined to be refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and to the Chairperson of the IRB urging them to allow all persons presently awaiting a repeat claim a hearing at the IRB.

 

Res.: 11 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The government of Canada has made a commitment to expedite the processing of Sierra Leonean refugees overseas after strongly encouraging Sponsorship Agreement Holders across Canada to get involved in the Sierra Leone special initiative;
  2. The situation in Sierra Leone is still dangerous, unstable and volatile in spite of the presence of a 17,000 member United Nations peacekeeping force and the return of some Sierra Leonean refugees who are still internally displaced. The recent influx of 10,000 Liberian refugees also adds to the instability in Sierra Leone;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR strongly urge the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to impress upon his Department the need to honour the commitment to refugees, family members in Canada and private sponsors to expedite the processing of the refugees' cases and, in particular, not to refuse cases based upon the changing circumstances in Sierra Leone, which are not conducive for return.

 

Res.: 16 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. There is an increasing number of reports of deficient services in refugee camps such as insufficient food;
  2. These deficiencies have been cited as one of the major factors exposing refugee women to sexual exploitation by those who are charged with distributing food and other humanitarian relief;
  3. In several refugee camps in Africa the World Food Program has cut down the food ration for refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the government of Canada to:

  1. Increase its contribution to the UNHCR and to send its contribution in a timely manner;
  2. Provide adequate and appropriate funding to the World Food Program for food aid for refugees.
Res.: 4 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The government has recently announced that they would delay the implementation of the RAD;
  2. This announcement is a betrayal of parliament's will as expressed in the IRPA;
  3. The CCR, UNHCR and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights consider an appeal on the merits to be essential for a coherent, consistent and fair refugee determination process;
  4. Next month the government is announcing a "None is Too Many" agreement with the U.S. which would shut our borders to most refugees;
  5. The U.S. systematically detains undocumented refugees and places them with convicted criminals;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Offer its services to coordinate a national campaign to implement the RAD and to oppose the U.S.-Canada "None is Too Many" agreement;
  2. Urge civil society groups to employ all peaceful and creative means necessary so as to ensure effective public education and advocacy on these issues.
Res.: 9 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The IRB draft rules provide criteria for the appointment of designated representatives for child refugee claimants which do not include cultural and language awareness and sensitivity to the needs of children;
  2. CIC has no criteria for the appointment of designated representatives;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the IRB to include the criteria of cultural and language awareness and sensitivity to the needs of children, and that CIC adopt the same criteria as the IRB in relation to the appointment of designated representatives.

 

Res.: 2 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Federal government policies and regulations often have differential negative impacts on racialized communities;
  2. There are no existing instruments to measure and remedy the differential impacts;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal government to:

  1. Facilitate the establishment of an inter-departmental working group to develop an anti-racist analytical framework in consultation with NGOs representing equity-seeking groups/communities;
  2. Establish a process for implementation, monitoring and reporting back to civil society on an annual basis.

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