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Tue 04 Apr


Refugee Rights Day



April 4th marks Refugee Rights Day in Canada – it is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh Decision: “In this decision the Supreme Court found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees. The Court decided that ‘everyone’ includes refugee claimants in the sentence: ‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.’  Refugee claimants are therefore entitled to an oral hearing, in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice and international law.” [1]


Canada is the only country where private sponsorship exists and Refugee Rights Day “[…] is an opportunity to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Singh Decision. Refugee Rights Day is also a time to learn about the threats to those rights.[2]




During the month of April, there will be many events where you can learn more about the current status of refugee sponsorship and the continued efforts to provide refugees rights in Canada. I encourage you to learn more about the history of refugee sponsorship in Canada, the current struggles, as well as hear the many stories of resilience of those seeking a new start. 

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) has complied a list of events happening across the city of Toronto in April that you can take part in.


The Canadian Council for Refugees’ campaign for Refugee Rights Day (month) is focusing on family reunification, with a main message that “all families have equal value.” You can learn more about their campaign on their website and how you can get involved.

Amnesty International Canada is providing a free online course on "Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees" that is available until November 2017. Click here to register.


Sites across the Meeting House family have sponsored a total of 15 newcomer families so far. If you are wanting to help with the family that the High Park site is sponsoring, please contact

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