CCR Resolutions Database

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  • Res.: 8
    Whereas:
    1. In Canada, CIC has engaged a process of revitalizing the private sponsorship of refugees program;
    2. CIC has consistently informed Sponsorship Agreement Holders that there are limited resources for processing applications overseas;
    3. Currently there are applications for over 10,000 individuals and only 2,900 will be processed in this year;
    4. CIC has also given the message that the backlog of private sponsorship applications are due to a high number of cases which do not fit eligibility criteria;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR write to the Director General of the International Region to request a statistical breakdown for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 and annually thereafter of total private sponsorship undertakings submitted by post by year and total private sponsorship undertakings refused by post by year, and to separate applications and refusals by Groups of Five and Sponsorship Agreement Holder undertakings in order to better understand and address the causes of this backlog.

     
  • Res.: 13
    Whereas:
    1. The Government, in the context of private refugee sponsorship, claims to be committed to the principle of additionality;
    2. Visa post staffing was drastically cut in the mid 90s;
    3. The overseas processing time for refugees is disgracefully long. (Departmental informants tell us that currently, from the time the completed IMM8s are received at the visa post until the interview takes place is 21 months in Nairobi and 36 months in Damascus.)
    4. The overseas delays make it increasingly difficult to sustain the interest of sponsors in the private sponsorship program;
    5. The Government is committed to move toward annual immigration targets of 1% of the population of Canada;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR repeatedly challenge the Government, the Minister and senior government officials directly, and through the media, to increase visa post staffing so refugees can be processed expeditiously and in greater numbers.

     
  • Res.: 18
    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
    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
    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.: 6
    Whereas:
    1. The new permanent resident card is costing each immigrant from $50 - $300;
    2. Agency staff is spending inordinate amounts of time in completing these applications;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That CCR request

    1. CIC and, where appropriate, the provinces, to facilitate the process of enabling immigrants to obtain permanent resident cards as mandated under IRPA by providing adequate funding to agencies to:
      a) Assist immigrants to complete permanent resident card applications.
      b) Engage Notary Publics, Lawyers or commissioners to administer statutory declarations in support of permanent resident card applications at no cost to the immigrant.
    2. CIC to amend the regulations to simplify the requirements.
  • Res.: 11
    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
    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
    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.: 4
    Whereas:

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada, HRDC, Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage plan to improve the process for recognizing foreign credentials, for example by allowing for the process to begin overseas; coordinating credential evaluation processes; setting up a single source of information and licensing requirements and establishing norms for work experience;

    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR advocate with CIC, HRDC, Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage, MRCI and other relevant bodies that:

    1. Those working toward the recognition of foreign trained professionals be involved in the process from the beginning to the end;
    2. Evaluation of the outcomes of this initiative be based on detailed demographic indicators, broken down by gender, age and country of origin.
  • Res.: 9
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.: 3
    Whereas:
    1. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has delayed the implementation of the Refugee Appeal Division without postponing the introduction of one-member IRB panels;
    2. Refugee claimants' right to a fair hearing is thereby inadequately protected;
    3. The Minister announced orally on May 17, 2002 that he would implement the appeal within one year;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to:

    1. Implement the RAD immediately;
    2. If he is unwilling to implement the RAD immediately, to:  a) repeat in writing his commitment to implement the RAD within one year.  b) delay the reduction of IRB panel members until the RAD is implemented.
  • Res.: 8
    Whereas:
    1. Separated children are by definition without the care and protection of their parents or other primary caregivers, often face many dangers during their flight and arrive in Canada disoriented and frightened;
    2. Front-end security interviews require separated children to respond to often lengthy and detailed questions including those related to their refugee claim;
    3. Separated children would be unlikely to know of the 1951 Refuge Convention reasons and their flight reasons are frequently multi-factorial and may include child-specific violations of human rights;
    4. It is inappropriate that children under 18 be interviewed in the absence of a parent or guardian;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR request to CIC that immigration examinations with separated children only be conducted in the presence of a properly appointed designated representative or guardian.

     
  • Res.: 13
    Whereas:
    1. The human rights situation in Guatemala is deteriorating;
    2. The Québec-Guatemala accompaniment project, an organization that works to protect the basic rights of Guatemalans, is undertaking urgent actions;
    3. Guatemala is on the source country list;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR:

    1. Participate in the urgent actions of the Québec-Guatemala accompaniment project by sending a letter to the Guatemalan authorities concerned by this situation;
    2. Vigorously encourage CIC to make the best possible use of the Source Country Class in order to resettle Guatemalans who fear persecution if they remain in the country.
  • Res.: 18
    Whereas:
    1. CIC is committed to implementing a model for referral agencies as one of the access control mechanisms for identifying refugees for resettlement to Canada;
    2. CCR has expressed some concerns with how the potential models will be designed and implemented particularly with respect to controlling the ability of refugees to access resettlement as a means of protection and as a durable solution and with the impact and implications of these models for the referral partner agencies;
    Therefore be it resolved:

    That the CCR request that CIC identity and implement a process for dialogue with CCR and CIC's resettlement partners in Canada and abroad as it moves forward with development of effective, fair and accessible models for referral agencies.

  • Res.: 1
    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
    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.