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2021: Who You Be?

Mitho Makosi Kesikansi, Bonne année, Happy New Year, Heri ya Mwaka Mpya- regardless the language, the message is the same, best wishes/hopes/joy and happiness for the coming new year.

It is 2021 and a world of possibilities are opened before us as we continue to evolve our responses to the health pandemic and the social and economic inequities it has surfaced including the centuries old anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racisms; pandemics in their own right.

Status For All - If Not Now, When?

December 2020 / Toronto

It was less than a day after the declaration of a pandemic and the closing of most workplaces when we received the first call of concern. It was a colleague in the sector working with Caregivers who raised the alarm. Her concerns were mirrored by my policy and membership colleagues at the Council that the shutdown of services, of work places including home care would exacerbate the problems faced by Ontario residents with precarious immigration status and those who are undocumented.

Webinar: COVID-19 Impact On Refugee Process


Webinar - The Impact of COVID-19 in the Immigration System: Measures in the Refugee Process


This information was current as of August 12, 2020. Please refer to the government of Canada website for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship for the most current information.

Webinar presented by Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-Director, FCJ Refugee Centre on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.