CCR Report: Equally Human, Equally Entitled To Rights
Friday, February 12, 2016

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The CCR brings forward the concerns and experiences of its approximately 170 member organizations who work directly with refugees and other newcomers in communities across Canada.

The CCR welcomes the commitments made by the new federal government to give priority to refugees and family reunification. The inclusion of “refugees” in the name of the Minister’s portfolio and his department signals a new orientation that may lead to better respect for refugees’ economic, social and cultural rights. We note that the Minister’s mandate letter1 specifically addresses a number of issues of concern, including the commitment to reduce immigration and citizenship application processing, and to increase the maximum age for dependents to 22 years in the definition of family member for immigration purposes.

The CCR highlights for the Committee that accessing economic, social and cultural rights in Canada is significantly harder for non-citizens. The CCR observes that many rule-based barriers prevent newcomers from prospering and as such, these barriers contribute to and maintain poverty.

The January 2016 report to the UN Committee addressing the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Canada’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


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Source: Canadian Coucil for Refugees