Increasing the number of orientation sessions in Toronto to help refugee claimants prepare for their hearings

We are excited to announce the  increasing number of orientation sessions in Toronto to help refugee claimants prepare for their hearings. A Ready Tour is a refugee hearing orientation session and has become a key resource for unrepresented claimants. After the legal aids cuts we see an increasing number of participants with no legal representative.

  • As you know Ready Tours are scheduled twice a month. However, due the increased number of registrations, the program will expand. Starting in August there will be one session per week depending on the demand.
  • Besides the expansion, the session also will be facilitated in other languages depending on the participants needs. The first session  is scheduled is in Spanish  on August 30
  • This is the calendar for the upcoming sessions:

August  1st    

August  15th

August 29th

August 30th  pilot session in Spanish


For registrations  just send the above information to

  1. First name:
  2. Last name:
  3. E mail:
  4. Telephone number:
  5. Country of origin:
  6. Date of claim :(Month/Year)
  7. Hearing date :(Month/Day/Year)
  8. Do you have a legal representative?
  9. Who referred you to the Ready Tour, how did you learn about it?
  10. What do you want to learn during the Ready Tour?
  11. If you want to refer a group of participants from your agency, just fill out the following chart with the information and send it to me:



First name Last name Country of origin Refugee claim date Refugee Hearing date E mail
(this is optional if you want me to send confirmation directly to your clients


I am sending the current flyer we are using. I will send the new one as soon as it is ready.

Thank  you

Art Show was a great success!!!

We had an amazing evening. Thank you to all our supporters!!

Andromeda Diaz
Carlos delgado
John Gross
Mao Correa
Jack Martin
Nawaaz Makhani
Sandra Gonzales
Sandra Patricia Loboa
Youth in Motion
Mariana Bolanos
Paula Pinheiro
FCJ Youth Network
FCJ WOmen’s Jewellery Group
























We are organizing an evening of visual art, music and stories in celebration of Refugee Rights Month. Through this event we are going to honour the contributions made by refugees, inviting them to showcase their works and artistic talents. Also it will be an opportunity to raise funds in support of the work that the FCJ Refugee Centre does.

For 28 years the FCJ Refugee Centre has been championing the rights and protection of refugees, immigrants and precarious migrant populations. With a client-centered, community-driven approach we provide holistic services to vulnerable migrants.

Please find the details below:
Date:               April 26th, 2019
Venue:            Matter Gallery
Address:          344 Westmoreland Ave N #104a, Toronto, ON M6H 3A7
Time:               From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


For more information please contact Marianna Tzabiras, Research and Resource Development by email


“The tour was very revealing and informative”

Thank you to the Ready Tour participants  for  taking   the time to share your experience at the Ready Tour:


Ready Tour was a beautiful and informative experience that I will forever pass down to any refugee coming into Canada.

I heard about it for the first time from my Counselor at the Shelter at a point of exit when I secured an apartment. I decided to give it a shot. I sent a mail requesting for ‘Ready Tour’ to FCJ and I was scheduled for the tour. I got there only to find out that I wasn’t the only one that got the appointment.

The tour was very revealing and informative. It is designed to help refugees with their coming up hearing, to build up a little confidence in them and to reduce the rate of ‘Appeal’ after the hearing.

The Tour like I said was revealing because it revealed that the hearing for the claimants is not a criminal case and it’s just going to be the claimant, the Judge and the claimant’s lawyer.

Well organized and there was room for all to ask questions and interpreters were also available to those that needed it. At the end of the session, I had a sense of what my hearing day is going to look like, who to expect on that day and how to prepare myself.

My Hearing went well and coincidentally, I had mine at the same room where the tour was actually conducted but the truth is I never had scold feet all through the Hearing and this I believe was because of the Readiness I had with FCJ (Ready Tour).

I must confess the team at FCJ are really fantastic. So grateful that I met them and I encouraged immigrants to seek to know the ‘How to’ once they arrive into Canada and FCJ is one of the places to visit for knowledge.

Thanks all!

You are welcome to attend the Ready Tour. For more information and registration please click  here:

The Ready Tour is a free program for refugee claimants  that allow them to visit an actual hearing room and learn about how to be ready for their refugee hearing.



Ontario’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day – February 22nd 2019

Press Release

Ontario’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day – February 22nd 2019

A Human Rights Based Approach to End Human Trafficking – Conversation and Press Conference

Organized by the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network (TCHTN)

10 AM to 12 PM

At The Mary Ward Centre: 70 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1J3

Multiple forms of domestic and international human trafficking exist in Ontario, including sex and labour trafficking.  While anyone can be affected by human trafficking, poverty, gender inequality and hyper sexualisation of women and girls, racism, colonialism and precarious immigration status are root causes. These and other factors, create greater vulnerability to human trafficking across Ontario

To read the complete Press Release click here :

Please RSVP here:

If you have questions please contact:
Luis Mata, Anti-Human Trafficking coordinator at FCJ Refugee Centre

416-4699754 ext. 242


Get involved with the CCR Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement Project

The FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Network would like to invite your Youth Group to collaborate and participate at the CCR Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement Project.

The aim of the project is to activate local CCR Youth Network Branches where newcomer youth, (not born in Canada) between 16 and 25 years old,  develop their leadership skills and  motivate other newcomer youth to get involved and together strategize around issues that newcomer youth are facing. Branches also facilitate youth engagement with organizations that serve newcomer youth in order to make their services more engaging and relevant to newcomer youth.

There will be three meetings the first meeting on February 16 th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at 1558 Bloor St W, will be a consultation with youth on the Ideal Journey to Canada. This session will consult youth on what is their vision for the experience of newcomer youth who arrive in Canada and their vision for Youth Engagement.

On February 26 th at 1:00 pm, 208 Oakwood Avenue will organize a meeting with organizations that serve newcomer youth, youth will present their findings. Together youth and organizations will discuss actions they can take to support youth engagement and improve the journey to Canada for newcomer youth, and after that we will share all the finding. It will be an excellent asset if your Organization and especial the Youth group can participate with us.

For more information contact:

Sara Hummad
Youth Worker

416 469 9754 ext 228


Helping your clients with their refugee appeal process

The RAD information sessions  will provide front line workers and  refugee appellants  a FREE opportunity to be better prepared for the presentation of their appeal before the RAD.

Workers and  Rejected refugees will learn the steps to follow and how to document your appeal before the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD).

Analysts from Refugee Appeal Division, RAD, will talk about submissions of  documents, what happen after the refugee hearing, when the RPD process finish, when the RAD process begins and deadlines.

Next session March 1st, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Confirm your interest in attending the next session with  Carolina Teves


Calendar from January to April 2019

READY TOUR is a free program for refugee claimants waiting for their refugee hearing.
Sign UP and visit a refugee hearing room.
If you are a refugee claimant, this is a unique opportunity to be better prepared for your hearing, see an actual refugee hearing room.
For many refugee claimants the time before their hearing is stressful.  The refugee hearing caused them additional stress and anxiety.
Benefits of the Ready Tour

  • Learn what  will happen at the refugee hearing
  • Levels of anxiety  will  decrease
  • Empower participants to be well prepare for their  refugee hearing
  • Learn who can participate at your hearing
  • What to do if you did not attend your hearing, or it was canceled
  • What will happen when the hearing finish


If you want to register for the Ready Tour, please  answer the following questions and send it to Carolina Teves

  1. First name
  2. Last name
  3. E mail:
  4. Telephone number:
  5. Country of origin:
  6. Date of claim:(Month/Year)
  7. Hearing date:(Month/Day/Year)
  8. Do you have a legal representative?
  9. Who referred you to the Ready Tour, how did you learn about it?
  10. What do you want to learn during the Ready Tour?

Ready Tours are scheduled FROM 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM as follow:







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