Refugee Rights Month 2018 - Toronto


Celebrate Refugee Rights in Canada on April 4!

Refugee Rights Month is commemorated on April 4 every year in Canada to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Supreme Court decision (the ‘Singh’ decision) in 1985. Join us this year to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the 'Singh Decision'.

Scroll down to see a list of activities in Toronto that you can join.

Most activities are free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

If you are organizing a community event in Toronto and would like to list it here, please contact us at


Protecting Refugees - Stronger Communities

Protecting Refugees – Stronger Communities

March 22, 2018

Hosted by Matthew House Toronto and University of Toronto International Human Rights Program in collaboration with the Canadian Council for Refugees

An informative presentation examining issues facing refugee claimants, and a call to action in advance of Refugee Rights Day 2018.

Special Guest Speaker: Petra Molnar, M.A, J.D.
University of Toronto International Human Rights Program

This event is part of a series of events celebrating Refugee Rights Month in the City of Toronto - please join us!

Finding Home In Toronto: 33 Years of Defending Refugee Rights

April 4, 2018

Join the Toronto Refugee Rights Month Planning Committee to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Refugee Rights Day in Canada.

Click here to register.

Reception: 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Event: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Event will feature presentation of Mayor's Proclamation on Refugee Rights Day

Mayor John Tory
Councillor Jim Karygiannis  (Ward 39), City of Toronto Newcomer Advocate
Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42), City of Toronto Newcomer Advocate

A Panel presentation on the criminalization of refugees, access to shelter and housing, and the right to healthcare.

Co-moderated by: Debbie Douglas - OCASI, and Loly Rico - FCJ Refugee Centre (and Past President of Canadian Council for Refugees)


Idil Atak, Associate professor - ‎Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University, Toronto

Anne Woolger, Founding Director, Matthew House Refugee Reception Services

Ritika Goel, Family Physician, Inner City Health Associates

Musical Performance & Spoken Word:

FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Group

Refreshments will be provided

Please contact if you have any questions.

We acknowlege with gratitude support from Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University and Ryerson University Catering Services.

Arbitrary Borders

Arbitrary Borders: A group exhibition by artists working in solidarity

April 5-7 2018

Presented by Beyond Fear Arts Collective and Quaker Committee for Refugees.

Curated by Helen Melbourne.
Facilitated by Eusebio Garcia, Roberto Martin and Kate Dee.

For more information:

Toronto Refugee Rights Month Planning Committee

Amnesty International | Amnesty International at York University | Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture | Centre for Refugee Studies, York University | Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change | COSTI | FCJ Refugee Centre | Matthew HouseOCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving ImmigrantsOsgoode Hall Law School | Quaker Committee for Refugees | Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge | Salvadorean Canadian AssociationSojourn House | Syria Response and Refugee Initiative - York University | The Neighbourhood Organization