Immigrants and Refugees

Bill C-23 - Preclearance Act

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Bill C-23 would give new and expanded powers to U.S. preclearance officers. The fear of abuse or misuse of these powers, given the shift in the U.S. political climate, has created considerable discomfort for many in any notion of handing over more significant powers to the Trump administration, especially on Canadian soil.

Asad Ansari

Asad Ansari, a Canadian-Pakistani dual citizen, faced the revocation of his Canadian Citizenship under the provisions of Bill C-24 (Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act). Convicted of terrorism charges under section 83.18(1) of the Criminal Code, and therefore facing revocation of his citizenship, Ansari joined the BCCLA and CARL in their challenge of the constitutionality of the law. The law is now in the process of being amended, under Bill C-6 (currently in front of the Senate). Mr. Ansari has retained his Canadian citizenship, but concerns continue to exist that C-6 does not go far enough in protecting other citizens from revocation of status.

Refugee Access to Welfare Benefits

In October 2014, as part of its omnibus budget bill, the Conservative federal government proposed changes to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (“FPFAA”), the legislation governing social assistance programs.

Canadian Citizenship (Bill C-24)

In June 2014, the Harper government amended the Citizenship Act, making citizenship in Canada harder to get and easier to lose. Key provisions of the amending legislation, which has already been approved by Parliament, will be coming into force at a later date. Under the new amendments, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration may revoke the citizenship of Canadians convicted abroad of terrorism, treason, or spying, or who are or may have been part of an organization considered to be at war with Canada.

Interim Federal Health Program

21 February, 2016—The Government of Canada has announced that the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides medical services for refugee claimants, will be fully restored to its pre-2012 levels by April 1, 2016.

Hospitality House Refugee Ministry

Hospitality House Refugee Ministry

Effective July 1, 2012, the federal government made drastic cuts to the health services, restricting access to health care in Canada for refugees.

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Health care and professional services organizations across Canada opposed to the cuts formed the group Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care in the spring of 2012.

Eritrean Canadian Community Centre of Metropolitan Toronto

Eritrean Canadian Community Centre of Metropolitan Toronto

In December 2010, the Eritrean Canadian Community Centre of Metropolitan Toronto (ECCC) was notified that its federal funding would be terminated on March 31, 2011, with cuts

South Asian Women’s Centre

South Asian Women's Centre

In December 2010, the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) was notified that its federal funding, which represented 67% of its budget and amounted to $570,000, w

Afghan Association of Ontario


In December 2010, the Afghan Association of Ontario (AAO) was notified that its fedral funding would end on March 31, 2011, reportedly in the amount of $610,000.