CCR: Promoting Positive Opinion Toolkit

“Welcoming refugees benefits both communities where they settle and the people who are able to escape persecution and build new lives. Those involved in welcoming refugees know this well, but not everyone does. There is a constant need to counter misperceptions and promote better understanding about refugees. This toolkit is intended to help us get…

CCPA: Making Social Housing Friendly for Resettling Refugees

This work is an extension of a longer-term project that began in 2015, in which the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives partnered with Welcome Place, the housing arm of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), which provides housing, legal and settlement supports for newly arriving refugees in Winnipeg. Three main objectives animate this larger research…

Immigration Research West: Yazidi Resettlement in Canada – Final Report 2018

ABSTRACT In 2017, Canada resettled 1,215 Yazidis (IRCC personal communication) refugees who have experienced extreme violence, torture, and displacement at rates that astonished the international community. Early reports from settlement agencies in Canada reveal that the high degree of trauma Yazidis have experienced has made their resettlement and integration very difficult. Almost all the Yazidis…

Information on Interim Federal Health for Refugee Claimants

Refugee claimants found eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) are entitled to receive short term health-care coverage funded by the Government of Canada. This info sheet describes what services are covered under the Interim Federal Health Program. Service providers may also find this tool on the Blue Cross / Medivae website useful. The…

Manitoba Settlement Guidebook & Checklist for Private Sponsors

This Settlement Guide Book was created to meet the needs of Manitoba Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs), their Constituent Groups, Group of Five, and Community Groups who would like to engage in sponsoring refugees in Canada. We hope that this Guidebook will support private sponsors and as well as offer concrete guidance to those working to…

Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC)

The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is an alliance of scholars, community partners and government agencies committed to promoting the successful integration of refugee children, youth and their families.  While the Coalition was formed to contribute meaningfully to policies and interventions to facilitate the integration of recently arrived Syrian refugees to Canada, it has a…

CCPA: Being Involved in Uninvolved Contexts – Refugee parent involvement in Children’s Education

This report by community-based researcher Fadi Ennab was published by the CCPA in collaboration with the Newcomer Education Coalition. The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet, schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language, cultural…

IRCC: Responsibilities of Sponsorship Groups & Availability of IRCC-funded Resettlement and Settlement Services

This two-page document prepared by IRCC explains the responsibilities of private sponsors and IRCC funded service providers. This document is intended for: 1) sponsorship groups participating in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program outside Quebec; 2) Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to deliver Settlement and/or Resettlement Assistance Program…

Services & Supports for Refugee Claimants in Winnipeg

As Manitoba has seen an increase in the number of people who are arriving as refugee claimants to our province, we want to share information on available services. Most often, community members, friends and faith communities play the most significant role in supporting refugee claimants in the community, and this document may assist them in…

RDI: Immigration in 5 Rural Manitoba Communities with a Focus on Refugees

In November 2015, a national resettlement initiative was undertaken to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees  cross Canada. Since November 4th, 2015 the Government of Canada has welcomed more than 29,700 Syrian refugees (August 1st, 2016) and the commitment to resettling more refugees to Canada is continuing in 20161. More than 1000 Syrian refugees have resettled in…