Finding Home outside of Toronto

We are very pleased to announce a new pilot program that FCJ has began in this new year along with the support of the city of Toronto. Our program “Finding Home in Inclusive Neighbourhood’s (FHIN)”, offers a new opportunity to refugee claimant families in order to address the housing issues and lack of space in shelters that newcomers face in Toronto. We aim to work with refugee houses and shelters inside the city of Toronto, so we are able to conduct regular orientation sessions that provide information on the refugee determination process, and on the option of the finding home outside of Toronto. The goal of the program is to support refugee claimant families and individuals who want to voluntarily re-settle outside of Toronto by connecting refugee claimants with service providers outside of the city, ensuring the access of services in the resettled location, and providing free transportation to support the move. If you are a refugee organization in or out of the city of Toronto, or a refugee claimant who is interested in this program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Natalie Gardiner & Sebastián Garcia Arango
Finding Home in Inclusive Neighbourhoods Project Coordinators



Learn more about our new programs and events

Our Winter Newsletter is out now! You can find a lot of information on our new programs and upcoming events:

  • Filmmaking Youth Project
  • Finding Home outside of Toronto
  • Forum on International Migrant Trafficking
  • Family Dinner: last Wednesday of every month
  • Memories and Recipes from all around the world
  • Guide for refugee claimants entering for USA
  • Breaking Barriers: Responding to Community Needs Tool Kit
  • Mondays is a drop-in at FCJ Refugee Centre
  • Placement student experiences at FCJ Refugee Centre

Breaking Barriers: Services and Resources for Undocumented Torontonians and Precarious Migrants

The FCJ Refugee Centre recognizes that all uprooted people have strengths and capacities to contribute to the host country where their migration status is irregular. We understand and empathize with the experiences of precarious migrants who are viewed as disposable/temporary labour in Canada. The Centre strives to offer holistic support and find ways and means to help people formalize their status where possible.

Thus the intention of this tool kit is to share information with people with precarious status about access to services, what are the possibilities to regularize their immigration status, and what are their rights.

Funding for this publicly available toolkit was provided by the City of Toronto 2017 Project and Events Grant


Take a look at the Tool Kit click here





The FCJ Youth Network Recipe Book

The youth group is a place you can come and feel appreciated. All of your troubles and struggles disappear, and you are respected”.  Chinue

On the last Wednesday of every month the FCJ Youth Network gather to celebrate a night full of amazing food, culture and music.

During the Family Dinner, the youth are ready to share a special recipe that they have selected from home. The secret of every recipe is a special ingredient: a lot of love!

Their Recipe Book “The Bestie Book” is a collection of memories, recipes, poems and much more.To read it please follow the link here: “THe Bestie Book”










You are invited to join our  Family Dinner on  the last Wednesday of every month and bring your recipe.

Upcoming Family Dinners from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Wednesday January 28 and  Wednesday February 27


On Human Rights Day we asked: What does the right to housing mean to you?

This December 10, Human Rights Day, the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee is considering the City’s new HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. In a first for Toronto, the plan expressly recognizes housing as fundamental human right essential to human dignity and wellbeing, and sets out a number of actions and targets to progressively realize the right to housing for residents across the city. If Council votes to fund the plan through the 2020 budget process, Toronto will have a new framework for housing policy that centres people and reorients the City’s priorities towards urgent action on affordable housing.

At the federal level too, 2019 saw Canada take major steps towards recognizing, protecting, and fulfilling the human right to adequate housing. In June, the federal government adopted the National Housing Strategy Act, a piece of legislation that explicitly recognizes housing as a fundamental human right and commits Canadian governments to maintaining and making progress against a national housing strategy, with clearly delineated targets.

To mark an extraordinary year for housing rights in Canada and in Toronto, we wanted to capture the possibilities opened up by the recognition of the right to housing. We reached out to ten housing advocates across the city to ask them what the right to housing means to them.

Holiday season is here and it is giving time! Help us to keep walking with uprooted people

As part of the Holiday Season, FCJ Refugee Center has started to sell Christmas trees at Ikea north York location

FCJ Refugee Centre is making a call to everyone on this season   to reflect generosity by the work the Centre does in making the society a better place for vulnerable populations.

On this giving season, FCJ Refugee Centre calls on everyone to consider making a gift to show your support to refugees and other precarious migrants.

You can support us buying a Christmas tree at IKEA NORTH YORK .Every time that you buy a CHRISTMAS TREE at this location, you will be supporting refugees and other vulnerable populations

ADDRESS: 15 Provost Dr, Toronto, ON M2K 2X9



Our Fall Newsletter is ready!

Read all our updates: events and initiatives for the upcoming month:

Museum without a Home (Nov 6): Join us for a memorable evening filled with art, food and music to celebrate the strength of refugees and the kindness of those who welcome them to their new communities.

Showing up for refugees (Nov 4): From November 4th to 8th the Federal Court of Canada will hear a challenge to the designation of the U.S. as a safe third country for refugees.

Human Trafficking and Migrant Worker Exploitation in our Backyard (Nov 22):  This forum is a crucial opportunity to discuss the many migrant workers who come to Canada and whom are subject to labour trafficking and exploitation, due to systemic shortfalls of    Canadian immigration and labour laws.


Court to hear why sending refugee claimants back to the U.S. breaks Canadian law

Demonstrators to rally outside Toronto court in support of legal challenge to
flawed Safe Third Country Agreement

From November 4th to 8th the Federal Court of Canada will hear a challenge to the designation of the U.S. as a safe third country for refugees. The court will hear that sending refugee claimants back to the US violates Canadian law, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Canada’s binding international human rights obligations.

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), alongside an individual litigant and her children, initiated the legal challenge in July 2017. The hearings are taking place at the Federal Court of Canada in Toronto, at 180 Queen Street West.

“We are asking the court to look at the impact of the Safe Third Country Agreement on women, men and children who can’t find safety in the U.S. and to assess the legality of Canada sending them back to detention and potential deportation to persecution,” said Claire Roque, CCR President. “The impacts are particularly severe for women, because of U.S. policies that close the door on women fleeing gender-based violence. The conclusion is clear to us: the U.S. cannot be considered a safe country for refugees.”

“The Canadian Council of Churches has long advocated that every human being who is physically present in Canada has a legal right to life, liberty and security of person under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said Peter Noteboom, General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches. “The U.S.-Canada Safe Third Country Agreement stands in the way of guaranteeing those legal rights.”

“The time for Canada to rely on the adequacy of the U.S. protection regime has come to a definitive end,” said Justin Mohammed, Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner at Amnesty International. “In the absence of action on the part of Canada’s elected representatives to acknowledge the serious shortcomings of the U.S. refugee protection system, we now turn to the courts to ensure that Canada’s domestic and international legal obligations are upheld.”

The organizations and individuals leading the legal challenge have submitted extensive evidence that the U.S. system fails in many ways to protect refugees, and that people turned back from Canada under the Safe Third Country Agreement are at risk of being sent in turn by the U.S. to face persecution, torture and even death in their home countries.

Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, implemented in 2004, refugees who present themselves at a Canada-U.S. border post seeking to make a refugee claim in Canada are, with limited exceptions, denied access to the Canadian refugee system and immediately returned to the United States. Since the Agreement does not apply to people who cross into Canada other than at an official border post, people in need of safety in Canada have been crossing in significant numbers in between ports of entry. Withdrawing from the Agreement would not only ensure that Canada meets its legal obligations, but would also allow people to present themselves in an orderly way at ports of entry, ending irregular crossings.

A rally will be held outside the Court (180 Queen Street West) in support of the legal challenge on Monday, November 4 at 12:30pm.

Media contacts:

Milen Minchev, Communication Coordinator, Canadian Council for Refugees, 514-277-7223, ext.1, 514-602-2098 (cell),

Lucy Scholey, Media Relations, Amnesty International Canada (English branch), 613-744-7667 ext. 236,

Dr. Nicole Roccas, Communications Coordinator, The Canadian Council of Churches, 416-972-9494 (preferred),


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