FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding these issues. We address systemic issues that newly arrived refugee claimants face in Canada including lack of resources, marginalization, and discrimination.
Countless people are touched by our services. Some become residents at one of the houses, and use our refugee settlement services, while some only use the Centre’s refugee protection services.
For all these people we advocate in any way necessary: assistance with paperwork, translation and interpretation, accompaniment, referral to immigration lawyers connected to our organization, orientation to local social services, skills development, and counselling to support a healthy and positive start to life in Canada.
Still others are guided and informed by our public education programs, which encompasses training, seminars, workshops, and publications. Our training, seminars, forums or orientation sessions are now available online.
Take a look at our main programs:
- Immigration Help And Refugee Protection
- Settlement And Integration
- Anti-Human Trafficking
- Youth Network
We are also expanding our ways to connect with you. You can connect with us at our office 416-469-9754 or if you do not have access to a local phone number try our WhatsApp 437-217-3786.
At FCJ Refugee Centre we continued working in solidarity with precarious migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understoodd that it was a difficult and uncertain time for many, and we were here to support and provide information to anyone who was in need. We provided information through virtual sessions every week, and through our Borderless Voices podcast.
We recognize that precarious migrants are severely affected by every single precarity already as racialized and marginalized persons. With the health and safety of our entire community in mind we did some adjustments to our daily work environment.
We continued to remotely offer as many services as possible by phone, e-mail, or any other electronic means available to us. We supported families who do not have access to emergency benefits; and we distributed food every week.
Thanks to your support through the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCJ Refugee Centre could remain open. Transparency is how we say thank you.
Take a look at the work we were doing: