Winter working group meetings 2014

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When
Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2014 to Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 
9:30 - 5 pm
Where
Salvation Army
160 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON
Canada

CCR Working Group meetings - Toronto 2013Come to the CCR's Winter Working Group meetings in Toronto and join our efforts to promote rights for refugees and immigrants in Canada.

The Working Group meetings are open to everyone interested in participating, but they are closed to media and government representatives. There is no cost to participate and there is no need to register in advance.

Friday 28 February: Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries, 160 Jarvis St., Toronto

9:30am - 5pm: Overseas Protection & Sponsorship Working Group meeting

Attend this meeting to discuss:

  • Future directions of refugee resettlement to Canada
  • Our responses to refugees abroad needing protection, including Eritreans and Somalis
  • Statelessness issues (60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention)
  • Issues in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

...and more

Friday 28 February: 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries, 160 Jarvis St., Toronto

Social mocktail hosted by the CCR Youth Network. All are welcome, snacks and drinks provided.

Get to know new and experienced CCR members and members of the Youth Network while you mix and mingle. This is a great opportunity to learn more about issues of concern to refugee and newcomer youth and find out how you can help make the summer 2014 CCR Youth Action Gathering in Toronto a success! 

Saturday 1 March: Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries, 160 Jarvis St., Toronto

(*new date*) 9:30am - 5pm: Immigration and Settlement Working Group meeting

You’ll want to participate this meeting if you are interested in:

  • The future of Canada’s settlement program
  • Issues related to Canadian citizenship
  • The rights of migrant workers in Canada
  • Access to services and the impacts of cuts to the Interim Federal Health program
  • Family reunification in light of recent policy changes

... and related topics

9:30am - 5pm: Inland Protection Working Group meeting

Participate in this meeting if you want to discuss:

  • The refugee claim process and how it’s working
  • Alternatives to detention
  • Canadian citizenship
  • Family reunification for refugees
  • Issues with Canada Border Services Agency

…and related issues

How to get to the Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries:

By public transport - Queen subway station. Walk or take the streetcar – no.s 501 or 502 – east from the station.

By car - Click here for a map of the area.

Parking: There is no parking available at the Salvation Army. Street parking is possible, but you need to pay every two hours.

Proposed agendas for the meeting will be sent to the CCR listserve and posted on the webpages of each Working Group.

About the Working Group meetings

Participants listen in at the Overseas Protection and Sponsorship Working Group meetingThe CCR’s three Working Groups provide the forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to exchange information, network and develop policy positions in particular areas of concern.  Each Working Group is responsible for preparing resolutions, following up on action items, and planning workshops for the consultations, as well as for advising the CCR Executive on policy.  The Working Group meetings are closed to representatives of government and the media.

The CCR Working Groups meet four times a year.  Two of these meetings take place during the consultations (see above).  The other two series of working group meetings take place in February (in Toronto) and in September (in Montreal).

The working group meetings offer an excellent opportunity to:

  • Participate in efforts to promote refugee protection and resettlement, and the settlement of refugees and immigrants
  • Discuss in depth pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada
  • Share information and strategies with others from across Canada.