CCR Resolutions Database

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Res.: 1 , Dec 2000
Whereas:

on November 29, 2000, the Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)representatives in attendance at the SAH Forum voted on and passed with an overwhelming majority three resolutions expressing their support for:

  1. formally situating the SAH network within CCR, 2. submitting an SAH application for the In-Canada Service-Provider contract,
  2. submitting this proposal under the umbrella of CCR;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Explore ways to support the SAH network within CCR;
  2. Submit an application with the SAHs for the ISP contract.
Res.: 6 , Dec 2000
Whereas:
  1. There are minor orphans of war or civil strife or in other refugee-like situations whose future is limited without resettlement;
  2. Current procedures for the sponsorship of orphaned minors are inadequate;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to expand Canada's ability to provide private and government sponsorships of refugee orphaned minors.

 

Res.: 3 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. There is a massive exodus of persons of Eritrean ethnicity to neighbouring countries, particularly Sudan, as well as massive internal displacement, due to the escalating war between Ethiopia and Eritrea;
  2. Due to the war, the UNHCR is unable to protect Eritreans;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge:

  1. The government of Canada to recognize the urgent protection needs of these refugees;
  2. The UNHCR to provide, as soon as possible, immediate protection for these refugees including:   i) protection from physical harm; ii) working with appropriate organizations to meet the total needs of the refugees; iii) ensuring that the basic human rights of the refugees are upheld;
  3. CIC to set up a fast track program so that refugees and other displaced people of Eritrean ethnicity who have relatives in Canada can join them.
Res.: 8 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. Refugees and immigrants who apply for permanent residence are required to undergo security screening by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the security review unit of the Department of Citizenship & Immigration (SRU);
  2. Refugees and immigrants often face undue delays in acquiring permanent residence status as a result of prolonged security screenings by CSIS and SRU;
  3. The security screening process remains unfair and intimidating to many refugees and immigrants, particularly since many cannot obtain information about the status of their applications or reasons for long delays;
  4. The CCR adopted Resolution 13 of May 1998 and Resolution 13 of November 1998 on landing delays for security reasons and assessments;
  5. Refugees and immigrants who question the integrity, fairness, duration, and impact of the security screening process can file a complaint with the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC);
  6. SIRC is mandated to investigate such complaints and make recommendations thereon;
  7. Such complaints have been filed with SIRC and in April 2000, SIRC issued reports on its findings with recommendations;
  8. The SIRC reports unequivocally exonerated the complainants and made a number of recommendations;
  9. These recommendations included a recommendation that complainants’ applications for permanent residence be processed for landing;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on:

  1. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and CIC to immediately implement the recommendations in these SIRC reports, including landing for the complainants;
  2. The Solicitor General and Director of CSIS to immediately implement the recommendations in the reports;
  3. CIC to promptly land individuals whom CSIS or SIRC has recommended for landing;
  4. CIC to refer an applicant for permanent residence whose application has been delayed for more than two years for security reasons to SIRC for review and recommendations with respect to landing.
Res.: 1 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. A resolution was passed in May 1999 relating to the development of National Settlement Standards through a process presented by a Settlement Standards Steering Committee;
  2. This process has led to the development of the National Settlement Service Standards Framework document presented in Vancouver (spring 2000);
Therefore be it resolved:

That this National Settlement Service Standards Framework be adopted in principle and that the Steering Committee present an implementation strategy at the fall 2000 consultation.

 

Res.: 6 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. The UN is organizing in South Africa a World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia & Related Intolerance to be held in July 2001;
  2. Refugees and asylum seekers experience specific forms of xenophobia and intolerance not experienced by other migrants;
  3. The World Conference has the long term potential to not only improve the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Canada but to improve their treatment world-wide;
  4. The CCR has an anti-racism policy;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the government of Canada to:

  1. Ensure that the UN Action Plan produced includes a section advancing the protection of refugees and asylum seekers;
  2. Ensure and enable the participation of NGOs and refugees capable of analyzing and suggesting verifiable measures to address xenophobia and related intolerance towards refugees and asylum seekers;
  3. Develop and promote verifiable measures to address xenophobia and related intolerance towards refugees and asylum-seekers.
Res.: 4 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. The conflict which started as a border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in March 1998 has escalated to total war combined with widespread famine;
  2. The Ethiopian government has stripped persons of ethnic Eritrean descent of their Ethiopian citizenship;
  3. Currently both acknowledged Eritrean citizens and those of possible Eritrean descent are seen as defacto Eritrean citizens, and are in danger of removal from Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

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

  1. Suspend deportations to Eritrea;
  2. Suspend deportations of persons of Eritrean descent to Ethiopia.
Res.: 2 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. All levels of government and other funding organizations recognize and actively promote the benefits of volunteering to the community at large and to the individual volunteers;
  2. Refugees look to volunteer work to gain Canadian experience and to reduce social isolation;
  3. In Ontario refugees are required to do volunteer work in order to receive social assistance ("workfare program");
  4. CIC BC Region has issued a communiqué fact sheet to inform the voluntary sector that volunteerism is a form of work and as such requires an employment authorization prior to participation in volunteer work;
  5. There are similar problems arising in other provinces across Canada;
  6. This puts an undue obligation on the voluntary sector organizations to monitor and police this requirement and inhibits refugees from active participation in the community during the initial settlement period;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that CIC not interpret volunteer work as requiring an employment authorization.

Res.: 7 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. A draft response to Bill C-31 has been discussed by the Working Groups;
  2. The recommendations contained in that draft response have been debated in the Working Groups;
Therefore be it resolved:

That:

  1. The draft response be approved as the present position of the CCR;
  2. The executive of the CCR be empowered to revise and amend the draft response, taking into account feedback from the membership, insofar as such revisions and amendments are in accord with the principles and policies of the CCR.
Res.: 5 , Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. Refugee participation is of major concern to the CCR and there are resolutions to that effect;
  2. Refugees and refugee communities are directly affected by Canadian immigration policies, and already have been involved in their own advocacy;
  3. There is a need for strengthening cooperation and collaboration between the CCR on the one hand and refugee communities on the other;
Therefore be it resolved:

That a task force be established to explore ways of involving refugees and refugee communities in all aspects of the CCR work, including developing CCR policies and positions.

Res.: 11 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Evidence indicates that some survivors of torture are being re-traumatized by the experience of the refugee hearing process;
  2. The determination of refugee status for survivors of torture presents evidentiary complexities for the IRB;
  3. The CCR has endorsed a detailed written proposal for guidelines for the determination of torture survivors before the IRB;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that the IRB make it apriority to establish a joint committee with the CCR to develop guidelines for refugee claim determination involving survivors of torture. The joint committee will work in consultation with other organizations with expertise in dealing with survivors of torture.

 

Res.: 12 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Women in general and refugee women in particular are subjected to different forms of discrimination in Canada;
  2. Canada is internationally committed to work towards elimination of all forms of discrimination against women;
  3. There is a significant international instrument to that effect;
  4. An optional protocol to the UN Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women is ready for accession at the General Assembly of the United Nations
  5. The optional protocol provides an excellent opportunity for individual women to complain to the related UN Committee;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration asking that Canada:

  1. Accede to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women;
  2. Incorporate the Convention and its protocol into Canadian legislation;
  3. Establish an internal mechanism to monitor the implementation of the Convention and its Protocol;
  4. Work with the CCR and other NGOs to educate responsible government officials.
Res.: 5 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Countries interpret the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees on the basis of widely differing standards and criteria;
  2. CIC is inconsistent in its policy in interpreting what constitutes a durable solution;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Affirm that persons in signatory states, including states with refugee determination systems, should continue to be eligible for consideration for refugee resettlement to Canada, regardless of the status or result of the refugee application;
  2. Write to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and request that the Regulations be amended to specify that temporary protection and eligibility for future refugee determination do not constitute a durable solution and that a policy directive be issued in the interim stating that "durable solution" be interpreted in this way.
Res.: 10 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada decided to detain en masse migrants from the People's Republic of China arriving at Canada's West Coast;
  2. CIC compounded its errors by detaining the majority of the migrants in Prince George, several hundred kilometres from counsel and the IRB;
  3. Consequently some of these Chinese migrants continue to be denied full access to counsel and right to choice of counsel;
  4. These Chinese migrants continue to be detained without individual assessment and based upon general and stereotypical profile of refugee claimants from Fujian Province of China;
  5. The minors within these groups have been handcuffed and strip-searched and there are allegations that some were physically assaulted;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request that CIC and the IRB ensure that Canada:   a) Does not detain refugee claimants based on profiling, stereotyping and public annoyance; b) Does not detain claimants in places without ready access to professional counsel and the IRB; c) Otherwise ensures for all claimants irrespective of publicity given their arrival, full due process and procedural fairness, including counsel of choice.
  2. Call for an independent inquiry into CIC's handling of arrivals of Chinese migrants.
Res.: 3 , Dec 1999
Whereas:

there are differences in the delivery of Settlement and language services in small communities (i.e. limited access to services, multi-level language classes, child care, transportation support) due to immigration patterns as well as regional disparities;

Therefore be it resolved:

That CCR write to CIC to stress that:

  1. Services in small communities in Ontario should be based on regional realities of the province and should reflect the equality of services right across the regions of Ontario;
  2. Current LINC contracts be reviewed and evaluated in the light of de-committals;
  3. NGOs in rural areas be given special consideration to deliver high quality and equitable services;
  4. The criteria for the renewal of LINC contracts be based on clear pre-established criteria, not arbitrary criteria introduced after contracts are signed;
  5. CIC immediately begin a consultation discussion with community stakeholders before de-committals are implemented.
Res.: 8 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Many victims of the widespread violence of May 1998 in Indonesia remain in safe-houses under the care and protection of indigenous humanitarian organizations;
  2. Ethno-racially and religiously motivated violence continues in many regions and provinces throughout Indonesia;
  3. The lack of the rule of law prevails in Indonesia as evidenced by the over 200,000 East Timorese nationals who remain trapped in West Timor and elsewhere in Indonesia, held hostage and victimized by the Indonesian army and their surrogate militias;
  4. The Indonesian military continue to hold many of the more senior and strategic portfolios in the Cabinet of the recently elected government;
  5. The Source Country Class was designed to facilitate effective protection for internally displaced persons;
  6. During the crisis of May 1998 and persistently through the violence which has continued to the present time Canada Immigration has refused to place Indonesia on the Source Country list due to the officially expressed fear of thereby compromising the considerable bilateral economic ties between Indonesia and Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call upon the Canadian government to embrace publicly the principle that fundamental human rights always take precedence over actual or potential trade and investment relationships;
  2. Renew its call for the elimination of the Source Country Schedule, and call for the processing of all those who are in need of urgent protection in their respective countries of origin, under the Source Country Class, including those in Indonesia.
Res.: 13 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. There has been a serious increase in generalized violence and civil unrest in Angola and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville);
  2. A number of individuals are in imminent danger of removal to these countries;
  3. Several representations have already been made to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to suspend removals to Angola and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville);
  4. The Advisory Committee on Country Conditions for Removal has not met since February 1997;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to use her discretion to immediately suspend removals to Angola and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).

 

Res.: 1 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. CIC has developed and begun the implementation of a new National Funding Formula for the allocation of settlement funding to each province;
  2. The consequences of the implementation has brought to light marked reductions in settlement funds for some provinces most notably Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan;
  3. The numbers of newcomers fluctuates each year, and the provision of service lasts for many years;
  4. These reductions will seriously damage the structural integrity and delivery capability of agencies in affected provinces, putting many below threshold operating levels;
Therefore be it resolved:

That CIC be requested to re-evaluate the reductions targeted for various provinces, specifically Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, taking into consideration the consequences of such reductions.

Res.: 6 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. The CCR supports openness, transparency, democracy and accountability in refugee affairs;
  2. The public process relating to the setting of resettlement levels has virtually disappeared;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR encourage the Minister to undertake a more thorough consultation process in preparation for the refugee resettlement levels for 2001.

 

Res.: 4 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. There is a national crisis of homelessness and lack of affordable housing;
  2. Immigrants, refugees and visible minorities face significant racism in the private housing market;
  3. In some large cities in Canada, newcomers make up a large portion of the shelter population;
  4. We deplore the "passing of the buck" by which different levels of government deny that newcomers' housing issues are their responsibility;
  5. Across the country income assistance rates are unrealistic in light of housing costs;
  6. There are many problems in accessing income support services across the country;
  7. We applaud the new southern Ontario project of issuing ID to assist claimants at port of entries in accessing services;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Write to the Federal Coordinator on Homelessness urging her to pay particular attention to the challenges facing homeless newcomers and especially newcomer families;
  2. Communicate with the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada and join with them in calling on the federal and provincial governments to immediately start increasing the supply of social housing;
  3. Write to CIC urging that as part of the national strategy on homelessness:
    a) They implement information referral services at ports of entry to ensure that refugee claimants are not entering the homeless shelter system without appropriate resources to access the system and to ensure that a claimant's early months in Canada are the least traumatic possible and to ensure that they have an appropriate place to go when they leave the port of entry;
    b) They extend eligibility for ISAP services to refugee claimants;
  4. Write to provincial governments urging them to raise social assistance rates.
Res.: 9 , Dec 1999
Whereas:

there are inconsistencies from province to province about the timing and method, by CIC, of processing refugee claimants which frequently leave claimants unable to access social services, medical care, housing and schooling for children;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that all refugee claimants entering Canada, at all Ports of Entry, and at inland CIC offices, in all provinces immediately be issued acknowledgement of claim documents or some other form of photo identification, complete with access to the Interim Federal Health Plan.

 

Res.: 14 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Bill S-8, recently introduced as a private member's bill in the Senate, would amend the Immigration Act to give powers to interdict ships and their passengers;
  2. The measures proposed in the bill would seriously undermine refugee protection and put Canada at risk of violating its international human rights obligations;
  3. The bill promotes prejudicial treatment of refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR oppose Bill S-8 through letters to appropriate officials and publicly presenting its position.

Res.: 2 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Immigrants and refugees come to Canada with a wealth of experience and education;
  2. Recent studies have shown that it is taking longer for new arrivals to "catch up" to Canadian born individuals;
  3. There is a federal budget surplus;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance asking them to raise their level of investment in settlement services with the intention of raising the investment up to a level comparable to other support services.

 

Res.: 7 , Dec 1999
Whereas:
  1. Canada has recognized the need for the protection of Sudanese, and has included Sudan on the Source Country schedule;
  2. There is no permanent Canadian processing presence in the Sudan;
  3. Displaced Sudanese are forced to flee in great danger;
  4. A visa officer is deployed to the Sudan extremely seldom. This is an inadequate response to the profound protection needs;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR strongly urge CIC to immediately put in place the resources and logistical support to effectively process Sudanese under the Source Country Class.

Res.: 14 , May 1999
Whereas:
  1. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has proposed in a white paper that the mandate of the Immigration and Refugee Board be expanded to include adjudication on whether persons face risks in returning to their countries of nationality other than those risks covered by the Refugee Convention;
  2. It has been announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will soon be drafting legislation to embody the above mentioned proposal;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Support the expansion of the mandate of the IRB as proposed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, provided that the legislation and regulations enabling this proposal contain the following provisions:

    (a) that the IRB shall, when dealing with a person's claim, first determine if the person is a Convention Refugee before going on to decide whether that person faces other risks in returning to her/his country of nationality;

    (b) that the risks which the IRB may determine are grounds for not returning a person to his/her country of nationality shall include but not be limited to:

    (i) risks identified in international instruments to which Canada is party, such as the Convention Against Torture, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness;

    (ii) Generalized and personal risks resulting from country conditions, such as a state of war, generalized violence, widespread abuse of human rights, unchecked criminal activity, state-sanctioned torture or persecution against women;

    (iii) risks to family life and unity.

    (c) that the IRB be designated a "court of first instance" to determine whether a person's rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would be violated should he/she be required to leave Canada and return to her/his country of nationality;

    (d) that the selection and training of members of the IRB be done in a fair, unbiased, and open manner, as more specifically stated in previous CCR resolutions;

    (e) that a person have the right to an appeal on the merits from the decision of the IRB in accord with CCR Resolution 24, May 92;

    (f) that there be a pre-removal review conducted by the IRB to determine if there has been any change in circumstances which would alter the IRB's initial decision on the person's claim for Convention Refugee status and on whether that person would face other risks;

    (g) that a person has the right to paid counsel at the initial hearing before the IRB, at the appeal on the merits, and at the pre-removal review.

  2. Request meaningful consultation on the issues addressed prior to the drafting of legislation on these matters.

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