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Resources and Publications

Refugee Rights in OntarioA website for front-line workers and advocates who work with refugee claimants.

Criminal charges in Canada and your immigration status (Fact sheet)
(
October
2013
)

This resource offers basic information about what being charged with a crime in Canada can mean for a person’s immigration status. It explains what a removal order does and what can be done to protect one’s status and stay in Canada.

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Do you want to sponsor your family to join you in Canada? (Fact sheet)
(
August
2014
)

This resource offers basic information about sponsoring family members who are outside Canada to come and live here as permanent residents. It includes sections on who can be sponsored, the sponsor’s responsibilities, what can happen if sponsors cannot support the people they sponsored, and where to get help in many languages.

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Every child's legal right to education (French only)
Every child's legal right to education (French only)
(
August
2011
)

(French only) A tool for advocates or parents to use when children are denied admission to school, and points out a child's legal right to education using quotes from a variety of legal sources.

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Helping parents without immigration status get their children into school
(
July
2011
)

This information is for community advocates. It explains the law and suggests ways to help parents without status get their children registered at school.

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Humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) applications and refugee claims: how are they different?
(
May
2016
)

This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains some of the differences between making a refugee claim and making an application on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.

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Making a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application
(
May
2016
)

This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains what a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application is, what Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) considers in deciding an H&C application, what kind of evidence is needed to support an application, and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.

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Mental Illness, Criminal Offences, & Deportation
(
June
2013
)

People with mental illness come into conflict with the law in disproportionate numbers. If they are not Canadian citizens, this can put them at risk of being removed from Canada. This publication is a resource for front-line workers helping clients with mental illness who may be at risk of removal because of their involvement with the criminal justice system.

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Refugee Rights in Ontario bookmark
Refugee Rights in Ontario bookmark
(
March
2013
)
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Refugee Rights in Ontario: Resources for front-line workers

A website for front-line worker and advocates who work with refugee claimants.

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Your Refugee Hearing: Resource for refugee claimants
(
September
2014
)

This online resource is for refugee claimants preparing for their refugee hearing. It shows them what a hearing room in Toronto looks like and who may be at their hearing. It also has practical information to help them:

  • before their hearing
  • on the day of their hearing
  • after their hearing
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