Asylum seekers (in Canada use the term refugee claimant) have the legal right to cross the border and enter Canada to make a refugee claim. Asylum seekers are crossing irregularly – between ports of entry - but that is not illegal. They are doing so to because the Safe Third Country Agreement (2004) between Canada and the United States requires Canada to send refugee claimants back to the U.S., with a few exceptions. The Safe Third Country Agreement applies only to refugee claims made at border crossings.
Legislation & Public Policies
Toronto/July 6, 2018/ - Ontario civil society groups and refugee advocates urge the Government of Ontario to stay engaged in intergovernmental collaboration to resettle the large numbers of refugee claimants arriving irregularly in Canada from the United States.
OCASI participated in the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) consultations on the Caregiver Program held in March - April 2018. The consultation gave OCASI the opportunity to raise the many long-standing concerns that caregivers themselves, and OCASI and other civil society organizations have put forward over the years.
OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP-COC), Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario call for the inclusion of the health sector in the Ontario government's data collection regulations under the Anti-Racism Act (2017).
Toronto/February 7, 2018 – OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants welcomes recommendations by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to update and reinstate Canada’s Action Plan Against Racism (CAPAR), and tackle systemic racism and Islamophobia.
OCASI is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.
On January 29, 2017, six worshipers were killed and many others injured during evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Their names were: Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane.
November 16, 2017 - OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, together with Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC) and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) made a joint submission to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, for their Study on Federal Government Policies and Guidelines Regarding Medical Inadmissibility of Immigrants.