Working Groups

The three Working Groups are the forums in which CCR members exchange information, network and develop policy positions in particular areas of concern. They are responsible for preparing resolutions and planning workshops at the consultations, as well as for advising the Executive on policy.


The Working Groups meet four times a year: in Summer (August/September) in Montreal, and Winter (February/March) in Toronto, and in Fall and Spring at the Consultations.

Each Working Group has two elected Co-chairs who serve two year terms. The Co-chairs are elected at the Working Group meeting at the Fall Consultation, with a call for nominations sent to the CCRlist beforehand. Criteria to run for Co-Chair are that candidates must represent a CCR member organization and have attended at least one previous Working Group meeting.

All CCR members are encouraged to attend the meetings of the Working Groups, which are also open to other non-governmental people interested. The meetings are closed to media and government. CCR members receive mailings of their selected Working Group, which include minutes of meetings, information updates and copies of relevant documents.

If you are a member and not receiving mailings, or have a question about them, please send an email to

CCR Working GroupsWorking Group on Immigration and Settlement

This group looks at all issues relating to refugee and immigrant settlement in Canada (e.g. language training, access to employment, counselling). It is served by a core group made up of representatives of provincial, regional and national organizations, and organizes several workshops for each CCR Consultation. Read more »

Working Group on Inland Protection

This group is concerned for the protection of refugee claimants in Canada or seeking to come to Canada. It organizes workshops for each CCR Consultation. Read more »

Working Group on Overseas Protection and Resettlement

This group looks at issues relating to the selection of refugees overseas (refugees sponsored by either the government or private groups) and the programs for them here in Canada. Also interested in protection issues for refugees around the world. It organizes workshops for each CCR Consultation. Read more »