News - Immigrants And Refugees

April 1, 2015
Advocacy groups estimate that there are an estimated 70,000 temporary workers in Canada whose contracts are suppose to end today due to the federal government's changes to the temporary foreign...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 21, 2014
From an article by rabble.ca: "When asked why live-in caregivers should be granted landed status upon arrival, Migrante-BC's Jane Ordinario asserted that doing so would allow live-in caregivers to...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
July 7, 2014
The Conservative government’s latitude to choose its own policies was curtailed yet again on Friday when a judge called health-care cuts for failed refugee claimants a form of “cruel and unusual...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
June 27, 2014
With Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, Ottawa has dramatically redefined the narrative of what it is to be Canadian, squaring it up with a conservative view of the world and the...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 23, 2014
Proposed changes to the Citizenship Act could create a new class of naturalized Canadians who have fewer rights than those born in the country. New immigrants to Canada could see their citizenship...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 15, 2014
In June 2012, the Canadian government cut funding to refugee health care with the claim that it would protect our immigration system from abuse. However, these cuts have put children's lives at...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 2, 2014
The BC Court of Appeal recently concluded that Parliament intended to make it a criminal offence to help refugees, on a humanitarian basis, and that the Charter allows it. The law criminalizes...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia
April 7, 2014
The federal government has proposed Bill C-24, which would makes immigration to Canada more difficult. Proposed changes include a longer wait for permanent residents before they can apply to be...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
March 14, 2014
For refugees, starting over just got easier as the provincial government has promised settlement service agencies in British Columbia it will pick up funding for refugee mental health services that...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Mental Health, British Columbia
February 21, 2014
The Tyee recently published an article concerning federal funding cuts to mental health refugee agencies. In six weeks, refugees arriving in British Columbia will no longer receive free help to cope...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, Mental Health, British Columbia
February 3, 2014
The Canada Border Services Agency has set a quota to try to strip at least 875 refugees of their status this fiscal year — four-and-a-half times last year’s target — in a move one immigration expert...
Keywords: Government Policy, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
January 29, 2014
Fed up with the continuous stream of federal government misinformation on refugee health policy and Minister Alexander’s repeated attacks on government critics, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is...
Keywords: Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
November 22, 2013
This is an excellent new decision from the Federal Court of Appeal on antedating an EI claim, especially for farmworkers. "Antedating" means backdating the application so that additional hours can be...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 8, 2013
A new report by the Wellesley Institute, has found that refugees have faced adverse health effects since the federal government cut health care coverage to claimants in mid-2012. The report, The...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
October 1, 2013
The B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is representing a group of tree planters, most of them immigrants or refugees of African origin, who were found living in squalid conditions in a...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
July 8, 2013
There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Canada. In Ontario the Coroners Act provides for mandatory inquests for certain...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
August 13, 2012
Given the significant changes in Canada’s refugee system contained in Bill C-31 and their many associated access to justice issues, it is to be expected that a number of organizations and individuals...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
July 16, 2012
In late April 2012, the federal government announced a series of sweeping changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/outside/arriving-healthcare.asp),...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 1, 2012
The Human Resources Ministery has changed the rules so employers will now be allowed to pay foreign temp workers 15 per cent less than the average wage. See the Canadian Council for Refugees and...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
March 22, 2012
In 2009, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government changed the contents of the official citizenship guide that is given to all recent immigrants. The new version contained a lot more military history...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Ethnicity and Race, Immigrants and Refugees, Poverty Research, All of Canada
March 16, 2012
With housing prices at record levels, a University of British Columbia-led study finds that new Canadians are struggling to find adequate and affordable housing in the country’s three largest cities...
Keywords: Housing, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia, All of Canada
November 1, 2011
The Social Rights Advocacy Centre (SRAC) have their fingers crossed for the Supreme Court to announce that it has done the right thing on Thursday November 3rd by agreeing to hear Nell Toussaint's...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Legal Research, All of Canada
April 12, 2011
Just one day prior to the dissolution of Parliament, the Conservative government proposed "Conditional Permanent Residences" for sponsored spouses. This proposed measure would apply to spouses and...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
January 14, 2011
More than 50 Filipino migrant workers recruited to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program have filed a $10 million class action suit against Denny’s restaurants in British Columbia...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
January 10, 2011
An article in the Globe and Mail says that poverty is growing in the suburbs of Vancouver especially for newcomers and people of colour.
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Immigrants and Refugees, Poverty Research, British Columbia
February 25, 2009
MOSAIC has recently updated some of their public legal guides. Check out Immigration and Refugee Law Guide (Editor's Note, Sept 2010: This Guide is now called Legal Issues for Newcomers and is...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Legal Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
December 18, 2008
Seven foreign agriculture workers recently fired and evicted by Canada’s largest mushroom producer, Rol-Land Farms, joined members of UFCW Canada, Justicia for Migrant Workers, and academics to speak...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, Ontario
September 20, 2008
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Organizing, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
September 8, 2008
The Prairie Metropolis Centre which is dedicated to research on immigration, integration and diversity has recently produced a report, The Housing Circumstances of Recently Arrived Refugees: The...
Keywords: Housing, Immigrants and Refugees, Manitoba
September 8, 2008
Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS) Immigrant Women Engagement in the Legal System project has released their first report, Engaging Immigrant Women In The Legal System-Community Engagement...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Legal Research, LGBTQ, Violence, Women, British Columbia
July 22, 2008
The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned an earlier decision which found the Safe Third Country Agreement violated international and Canadian law. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement persons...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada, United States
July 11, 2007
Employment, Immigration and Industry is responsible for immigration policy, settlement programs, language training programs and federal/provincial relations and agreements related to immigration.
Keywords: Alberta, Immigrants and Refugees
February 27, 2007
Amir Kazemian spent almost three years in the sanctuary of a church in East Vancouver after the immigration board rejected his refugee claim. Last weekend a Vancouver police officer arrested Amir...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia
August 30, 2006
Immigration Newfoundland has information on immigrating to Newfoundland.
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Newfoundland
July 10, 2006
This New Brunswick government website entitled Immigrating to New Brunswick has information on programs and services for immigrants to New Brunswick.
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, New Brunswick
July 10, 2006
www.immigratemanitoba.com - this is a Manitoba government site on immigrating to Manitoba.
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Manitoba
July 10, 2006
http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca - this Ontario Government website has information on immigrating to Ontario.
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Ontario
June 18, 2006
http://integration-net.ca - A Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) funded site with links to refugee and immigrant services across Canada.
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
January 8, 2006
The Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives (Link removed - No longer exists) writes a response to a mistake which appeared in the Toronto Star. The newspaper wrote that an adult refugee recieved...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
December 7, 2005
Child poverty continues to be a problem in Canada. Immigrant families, in particular, are living in poverty, due largely to the failure of the Canadian government to recognize their credentials. Not...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada