Refugee Rights

CPJ works to educate the public — especially churches — on the ever-changing landscape of refugee legislation in Canada. Through research, policy monitoring, and publishing, we bring attention to the impact of legislative change on refugees and claimants, and on the groups who sponsor and support them to come to Canada.

Letter: Uncap private sponsorship of refugees from Israel

July 2016

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CPJ wrote to John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, asking that the federal government uncap the number of refugees from Israel that can be privately sponsored to Canada. 

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Progress and Concern on Refugee Rights Day

On March 31, 2016, McCallum announced some exciting changes that directly respond to the concerns of private sponsorship groups and the SAH Council. These changes respond directly to CPJ’s concerns over restrictive caps and the government’s processing speed.

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Refugee Health Care Restored

The federal government will fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) to all refugees starting April 1, 2016. 

Citizens for Public Justice is celebrating, and across Canada refugees and their sponsors are sighing in relief—they no longer need to worry about how they will pay for their health needs.

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Faith Rooted in Migration Stories

From The Catalyst, Spring 2016
by Naomi Kabugi

The spirit of migration permeates, and to a large extent defines,the biblical narrative. This theme is found in Genesis, the Psalms, and Revelation.

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Canada should fully waive travel loans for refugees

Take Action: Refugee Rights

Wondering how to let leaders know that refugees are welcome in our communities?

CPJ’s new advocacy resource, “Reclaiming Protection,” details how the STCA has restricted access to refugee protection and how you can call for it to be rescinded. 

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CPJ welcomes full reinstatement of refugee health care

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON: February 18, 2016 – Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) welcomed a commitment today from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum and Health Minister Jane Philpott to fully reinstate refugee health care.

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Refugee camp in Greece

‘Colossal effort’ underway to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by year’s end

Citizens for Public Justice is urging that health services be restored for all refugees immediately. Cuts have an impact on the ability and willingness of sponsors to help due to added liability for costs associated with vision and dental care, prosthetics, medication and mobility devices, according to them

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Syrian Refugees

Letter: Religious Leaders Support Refugee Initiative

December 2015

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CPJ has joined religious leaders from across Ontario who have written to the Premier Wynne and leaders of the Provincial opposition parties to express their support for Ontario’s role in welcoming Syrian refugees. 

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Little refugee girl writing Asylum on the black board

Here Are 2 Ways Canada Can Help Syrian Refugees

Faith leaders and community groups across Canada are feverishly mobilizing to receive thousands of Syrian refugees. Meanwhile federal candidates are vying for air time with proposals to enlarge the numbers of people our country will settle.

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1,002 Syrian refugees out of the 10,000 the federal government pledged in January to resettle have arrived in Canada so far.

Where do Syrian refugees stand in the federal election?

While on the campaign trail, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to resettle an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq over the next four years if re-elected in this fall’s federal election. This is on top of the 10,000 his government announced in January would be resettled over the next three years. Human rights organizations…

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