Court rules that helping refugees is a criminal offence in Canada

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 humanitarian actions of individuals who are helping refugees seek protection in Canada, including refugee workers and people helping their family members.

The Supreme Court of Canada has the ability to overturn this decision, and hopefully it will.

Funding for refugee mental health services in B.C. has also been drastically cut by about 60%.