This is a special Ready tour for agencies supporting refugee claimants waiting for their refugee hearing. Through this training front line workers can be familiar with the benefits of the Ready Tour program

READY TOUR is a free program for refugee claimants waiting for their refugee hearing. Ready Tours are schedule twice a month in the morning time.  For many refugee claimants the time before their hearing is stressful.  The refugee hearing caused them additional stress and anxiety.

Some of the benefits of the Ready Tour for refugee claimants are the following:

  • Learn what will happen at the refugee hearing
  • Levels of anxiety will decrease
  • Empower participants to be well prepare for their refugee hearing

On this special session for staff, volunteers and placement students you will be familiar with those befits and also you will learn about:

  • Refuge claims rights during their hearing preparation
  • Obligations and responsibilities after their refugee hearing
  • Deadlines during the process and what to do if there is problem.

For registration please click here
For more details contact Carolina Teves at




Human rights and Canada’s leadership are as vital today as 70 years ago

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) underlines its message that everyone is deserving of basic rights and human dignity, not because of their citizenship or their immigration status, but because they are human beings.

For refugees fleeing persecution, Article 14 of the Declaration is key: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” This fundamental right is now part of international and Canadian law. On this basis, anyone who makes a refugee claim at the border or within Canada must be given a chance to explain why they need our protection.

Despite the promise of the Declaration, refugees and migrants still have their rights abused and face exploitation and situations of human trafficking around the world. Migrants are often subject to xenophobia and targeted by divisive politicians.

Canadians can be proud that Canada is showing leadership in bringing countries together to improve respect for the rights of all migrants with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While the Compact is not legally binding, it offers a pathway of cooperation between countries that will reduce the pressures forcing people to leave their home countries. When people do migrate, this new framework will increase respect for individual rights and allow receiving communities, including in Canada, to benefit more fully from migrants’ contributions.

As a world leader in championing human rights, Canada must strive to do better and respect the rights of refugees and migrants. This means that Canada should:


Every act of generosity counts: show your support on Given Tuesday!!

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

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

FCJ Refugee Centre relies on supporters like YOU to carry out important work so that we can walk with uprooted people in our community. We support refugee claimants, those without status, migrant workers, women and children in need of housing, we have a free health clinic, run a vibrant youth group and many other important initiatives that need support!

Please check out the campaign here and join us!

Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give
together. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions and
We want to acknowledge the support we received from Roots Canada , we are so excited to gift our residents , children and youth  with this warm clothing donations we received!! Thank you





Dispossession and Exclusion in Our Time: Transforming Our Reality with Monsignor Romero

  • Due to immigration issues the event o has been postponed. We will keep you updated.


How Monsignor Romero’s philosophy is still relevant to the defense of human rights and today’s reality in Central America and elsewhere?

FCJ Refugee Centre invites you to celebrate the canonization of Monsignor Oscar Romero.



Keynote speaker: Juan Vicente Chopin, Dean of Faculty of Theology at Don Bosco University in El Salvador

Monsignor Romero spoke out against injustice and brought attention to the underprivileged and the dispossessed. Today we see this type of dispossession through forced migration, and refugees fleeing war, social violence, gangs, poverty, and other factors.  How can Monsignor Romero’s approach help those of us who are working to defend those who are excluded in the present day?



























Juan Vicente Chopin Portillo

Fr. Chopin has been unwavering in his efforts to secure justice in the assassination of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, on 24 March 1980.  And he is also extremely qualified to speak about the legacy of Monsignor Romero and on how his philosophy can inform our struggle for human rights in the current times. Investigations by the United Nations, and other international bodies have established that the four assassins of Romero were members of a death squad led by Major Roberto D’Aubuisson, founder of the ARENA party.

Fr. Chopin points out that three separate institutions have incriminated D’Aubuisson in the case: the Truth Commission, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Vatican Congregation on the Causes of Saints. He has been very active in refuting the claims of the ARENA party that their founder was not in fact the mastermind behind the murder.







Job opening as a Youth Worker

Join FCJ Refugee Centre  team and apply for the Youth Worker position:

Start date: July 3rd, 2018

Salary and Hours: $17.00/hr, 25 hours a week for one year (52 weeks)

The Youth Worker will work closely with the Youth Coordinator to support a growing group of newcomer youth with their diverse settlement processes and social integration. This position will fill an important gap in our service delivery envelope, and offer great benefit to the community. Essentially, the Youth Worker will provide much needed additional support, to ensure a more seamless and supported transition into Canadian society.

For more details click here

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by email only (in word format) by June 30, 5:00 pm to:

Loly Rico     





The MIGRANT PROTECTION CLINICS increase access to justice and service delivery for precarious populations, as they will be able to receive a broader range of services and supports from local and familiar organizations.

Identify the date you would like to schedule the IMMIGRATION PROTECTION CLINIC.
To schedule a date contact Carolina Teves at:
After booking your IMMIGRATION PROTECTION CLINIC you are able to promote your clinic and book appointments for your clients.
Staff from FCJ Refugee Centre go to the agency who is organizing the Migrant Protection Clinic. During the visit FCJ Refugee Centre staff will provide orientation and immigration support to clients attending the clinic.
Also we can combine a training or presentation and the clinic the same day of the visit.

Check the flyer:






The Migrant Protection Clinic Program is made possible by the generosity of 

Workshops Series Schedule

FCJ Refugee Centre is offering a Series of workshops for women at FCJ refugee Centre :

You are invited to attend any of the following interesting workshops. To see the calendar please click here

  1. Healthy Lifestyle
  2. Reclaiming your body after sexual assault
  3. Healthy Relationships including sexual health
  4. Freedom from Abuse
  5. Tenants’ rights and Landlord
  6. Life Skills
  7. Workplace Violence and Harassment
  8. Sexual Harassment and the law of Consent
  9. Career and Job Training
  10. LGBTQ+ communities
  11. Indigenous Peoples History
  12. Self-Defense Class




Reinstating Access to Health Care for Refugee Claimants

Ontario Filling Federal Funding Gap with Temporary Health Program
December 9, 2013 11:00 a.m.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario is joining other provinces by reinstating access to essential and urgent health care for refugee claimants through the new Ontario Temporary Health Program, and will send the federal government the bill to pay for the program.
Last year, the federal government abdicated its responsibility to provide basic care for many refugee claimants by changing the refugee application process in Canada and cutting the Interim Federal Health Program.
Through the temporary provincial program, refugee claimants who are not eligible for health care under the new federal rules or through other government programs will be able to access most primary care and urgent hospital services, as well as medication coverage. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the program will help reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and stress on health providers by providing vulnerable refugee claimants with basic health care services as soon as a health issue surfaces.
Providing the right care, at the right time and in the right place is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care. This initiative supports Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
Quick Facts
Ontario is joining Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Quebec by taking steps to address gaps in health coverage for refugee claimants.
Approximately 48,900 or 55 per cent of all refugee claimants in Canada live in Ontario, with the majority in Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa areas.
Refugee claimants tend to have poorer health outcomes and are less likely to have planned their arrival to Canada or to have the financial resources to purchase health insurance privately.
As of result of the federal government’s cuts to its health care refugee program, more than 30 per cent of Ontario’s refugee claimants are without health coverage beyond public health and public safety coverage.