The Bestie Book: Summer Edition

We know that the last couple of months have been anyhing but ordinary. But if there’s one thing we want you to know, it’s that we’re still here. Our door is still open. Home is still here. And you can count on us. We feel so privileged to have been able to move our weekly meetings to online formats, so that we can still see your beautiful faces every week! We’re loving watching movies together, and we’ll find new ways of safely being together in person as soon as we possibly can.

We’re coming in to the beautiful summer months, and we’re all enjoying the beautiful warm weather and sunny days. And even though our usual summer activities will have to be shuffled around a little bit, we’re going to make sure we have lots of fun, enjoy the sunshine, and spend as much of the beautiful summer months together as we can.

So that’s why we’re sending this to you. Something small to chronicle this time, and to share memories. And something you can have in your home to remind you that we’re here, waiting until we can sit around the kitchen table together again. Around that table, we are a community, and we are a family. Until then, wherever your kitchen tables are; spread out across Toronto and all borders; wherever you are, those kitchen tables belong to all of us.

To read the book click here 

With all our love,
Natasha, Cutu, Tee-Jay & Natalie
FCJ Youth Network





Working with Youth during COVID_19: opportunities for Youth

During this webinar we will talk about the impact of the COVID 19 in young people. The FCJ youth network members will share their stories and also will talk about the initiatives/activities that they implemented during the last period.

Join us and find out how to get involve in more virtual events that will help you to survive the pandemic.

Webinar is scheduled on Thursday August 27 at 10:30 am


How to Apply for a Work Permit Webinar in English and Spanish

This session will allow you to find out Find out if you can apply for a work permit and how to do it. After identifying if you are eligible, we will provide a guide that describes the steps who have to follow in order to get or extend your work permit . the information is based on the experience we have at FCJ Refugee Centre supporting our clients applying to a work permit.

Webinar in English:


Para la sesion en espanol sigue el enlace:


Solidarity Steps for the FCJ Refugee Centre

We’re excited to announce that we’re beginning an exciting new fundraising campaign! Solidarity Steps for the FCJ Refugee Centre!

Take from us what you need, and give to each other what you can.
This is the guiding philosophy of not only the FCJ Refugee Centre, but is at the very core of our common humanity. In recent months, we have seen an enormous shift in the ways in which we interact, live our daily lives, and see the world around us. We have seen the turmoil that can be brought out in people when they are forced into situations of fear and vulnerability – circumstances so many of us who grew up in Canada with so many privileges have never had to face. But we’ve also seen the generosity of the spirit of our community. Our mandate is to support all uprooted people, and to keep our door open to the community.

From our homes to yours, we stand with you in solidarity. Our door is open today as it will be tomorrow.

Please check out our page, and stay tuned for more updates, weekly calls to action, how you can stay engaged, and more information about our upcoming walk-a-thon!

Stay safe, stay well, and stay kind.
In solidarity,
The FCJ Refugee Centre Community





Borderless Humanity Video

At FCJ Refugee Centre we continue working in solidarity with precarious migrants. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for many. We recognize that precarious migrants are severely affected 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.
Thank you for join us at  our virtual Open House. We wanted  to show you how we have kept the door open for precarious migrants.
We continue to remotely offer as many services as possible by phone, e-mail, or any other electronic means available to us. Due to the donations and help received we have been able to continue offering our services and supporting individuals and families who do not have access to emergency benefits.
During the Open House we  launched our  Video “Borderless Humanity”to say thank you for your support through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transparency is how we say thank you.

To watch the video click here:



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 37 86

Count on us. We are open

We are expanding our ways to connect with you. Now you can find us through WhatsApp: 437 217 37 86

For any inquiries related to your immigration situation or any settlement support you need during these difficult times, please feel free to contact us through our phone number 416-469-9754 or you can send us a message at our WhatsApp 437 217 37 86.

You can also contact any of the emails or extensions below:

Loly Rico, Co-director: Ext. 224

Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-director: Ext. 227

Diana Gallego, Associate Director: Ext. 225

Migrant Workers Mobile Program & Anti-Human Trafficking Program: 647 971 2153 (Whatsapp also available).


You can make a difference in the lives of all precarious migrants enriching our community

You can make a difference!

At FCJ Refugee Centre we continue working in solidarity with precarious migrants. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for many, and we’re here to support and provide information to anyone who is in need. We provide information through our virtual sessions every Thursday or though our Borderless Voices podcast.  We continue to remotely offer our services you can connect with us by phone or e-mail. We are supporting families who do not have access to the emergency benefits, and we distribute food every week.

Your donation will make a difference to a non-status migrant, family, child, youth, that was not left behind… it will make a difference for that borderless humanity that we are dreaming to build… Your donation is making an immeasurable difference in the lives of all non status people enriching our community.


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