Month: November 2014


In November 2014 the CPJ (Citizens for Public Justice) made a submission to to the Standing Committee on
Citizenship and Immigration entitled “Protecting the Vulnerable, A Call to Safeguard Social Assistance for
Refugee Claimants. In the submission there is mention of Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH’s) and their struggle with the system. It mentions long wait times, lack of Government consultation and the heavy burden of private sponsorship which has led to many SAH’s withdrawing from their involvement.

You can read the full report here.

Letter: Budget Bill Restricts Access to Social Assistance for Refugee Claimants

In November 2014 the group “Citizens for Public Justice” (CPJ) wrote an open letter to the Minister of Finance Joe Oliver with respect to the inclusion of new sections to Bill C-585. The CPJ made the point that these provisions would allow provinces to restrict access to social assistance for refugee claimants and others who have not yet been granted permanent residence. The letter stresses the fact that government is implementing policies that worsen people’s health and deny their fundamental human rights.

You can read the entire letter here.

Ottawa restores temporary access to basic health care for all refugees

This is from and article by Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Nov. 04, 2014

All refugees in various stages of the asylum process can once again access basic Canadian health care, after the federal government reluctantly agreed to comply with a court-ordered reinstatement.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander stated, “The court’s decision is offside with Canadians’ views on this issue and will cost Canadian taxpayers $4 million more per year. We will continue vigorously to appeal the court’s decision and defend the interests both of Canadian taxpayers and genuine refugees who need and deserve Canada’s protection.”

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and Justice for Children and Youth, along with two refugee claimants affected by the cuts, had filed a constitutional challenge to the cutting of benefits for refuges. Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish found the cuts unconstitutional and gave the government four months to reinstate the coverage in place before 2012.

Please read the full article at the following link.

Ottawa restores temporary access to basic health care for all refugees Nov. 4, 2014

Ottawa won’t say if it will honour deadline for revising refugee health coverage

Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published in the Toronto Star on Mon Nov 03 2014.

Ottawa has refused to say if it will honour a court-ordered deadline and revise its health-care coverage for refugees in light of Friday’s appeal court dismissal of its request to delay the reinstatement. “Refugees continue to enjoy the same standard of care as Canadians. We’re disappointed with the court’s decision. We’re going to appeal it. We will announce the details of our reaction to that decision shortly,” said Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “They have to have something in place by Wednesday,” said lawyer Lorne Waldman. “If they do not comply with the court order, we will go to court to enforce the order.”


You can read the entire article by choosing the following link.

Ottawa won’t Say Nov 2014