Housing Needs and Refugee Updates Webinars


1.The Impact of COVID-19 in the Immigration System

Date: Wednesday August 12 at 10:00 am

OCASI – The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is pleased to announce a webinar for frontline workers on: The Impact of COVID-19 in the Immigration System: Measures in the Refugee Process

Presented by Francisco Rico-Martinez Co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced government institutions to work differently. This webinar will present an overview on the impact of COVID-19 on the immigration and refugee system, including measures by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). We will look at how the IRB is gradually re-opening, how the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) is resuming in-person hearings, the option of a file review and the video-conference hearings pilot, IRCC changes on inland refugee claims and more.

Register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdeqorz4uG91b9g2r1BP1cxnc6y-k1UOB

2. Housing needs for immigrants and resources

Date: Thursday August 13 at 10:00 am

During this webinar we will provide an overview on the challenges that refugee claimants and precarious migrants face in finding a place to stay in the city, whether that is a temporary shelter or more permanent housing through the rental market. Join us on this webinar and learn about the housing situation for immigrants, what to do in emergency cases, how to find a shelter, how to search for a house. Also we will talk about resources like rent support from Ontario Works, furniture bank, etc.

Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6759701139307944976


3. Updates about Refugee Hearings and Procedures

Date: Thursday August 13 at 2:00 pm

Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services and FCJ Refugee Centre invite you to attend a Virtual Info Session for refugee claimants. This is a free online information session on August 13, Thursday, at 2 pm. Learn about the new way of making a refugee claim inside Canada, the option of file reviews the resumption of in-person hearings at IRB’s Refugee Protection Division, the pilot project of video-conference hearings, and many more.

To register, please click this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/105627192305978380


Webinar on the Humanitarian and Compassionate application

The first week of August we are facilitating an informative session on the Humanitarian and Compassionate application in English and Spanish.

For registrations:

Wednesday August 5th at 10:30 am :

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Thursday August 6th at 10:30 am:
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Refugee Hearing Preparation / Preparandote para tu Audiencia de Refugio

You are invited to participate in our upcoming webinar on how to get ready for your refugee hearing . The webinar will be provided in  2 languages:Spanish and English

Te invitamos a participar en la sesion informativa virtual (webinar) sobre como estar preparad@ para tu audiencia de refugio. La sesion sera facilitada en Ingles y Espanol

Miercoles Julio 22 Sesion en Espanol
 Para registrarte sigue el enlace siguiente: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4203938037125854989









Thursday July 23:   Webinar in English
For registration follow the link:



Virtual English Class on Monday July 20

FCJ Refugee Centre is starting the Virtual English Classes in Summer.

If you are interested in participate you only need a computer, tablet or phone with a webcam, access to internet and a quiet space.


Below you can find the Registration  link for the first English Class

Monday 2:00 pm (class is full, no more registrations available)

Monday 3:30pm : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/381666183158347020


El Centro de refugio inicia en Julio  las  clases de ingles online. SI estas interesad@ te invitamos a registrarte en la clase de las 3:30 pm 



O Centro para Refugiados FCJ vai iniciar aulas virtuais de inglês na próxima semana. Caso tenha interesse de participar só é necessário ter acesso à um computador, celular ou tablet com camera, acesso à internet e um espaço silencioso.




The impact of the COVID 19 in the refugee process update: resumption of refugee hearings, refugee claim inland changes. Webinar provided in 4 languages

Learn how the Immigration and Refugee Board is gradually re-opening its doors. During the presentation we will talk about the RPD resumption of in-person hearings, the option of a file reviews, pilot of video-conference hearings, new refugee inland claim procedures, etc.

The session is for refugee claimants who are waiting for their refugee hearing. Front line workers are also welcome to join the sessions.

FCJ Refugee Centre is offering special info sessions talking about the IRB announces in 4 different languages as follow:





July 15th 10:30 am English https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9045915666323481357


July 15th 2:00 pm Spanish https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6624409531425971213


July 16th 10:30 am Arabic https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2687991877578287631


July 16th 2:00 pm Portuguese https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1166492085261977101




Health Care for Uninsured Migrants during the COVID-19

The webinar is focused on the services we are providing on our Primary Care Clinic and other health care services throughout Toronto for non-status populations.  During the session, we will talk about how the clinics are working during COVID, and what is going to happen in the following months.

Toronto is a Sanctuary City, meaning no one can ask information regarding immigration status when accessing city services. Also, in an emergency, you cannot be refused service at the hospital, even without a health card. The conversation will include what to do during those emergencies.

Take advantage of this informative session and feel free to ask any questions related to the services we are providing.

For registration follow the link:


Importance of Migrant Workers, challenges and options during COVID-19 WEBINAR ON JULY 8

Durante la conversación del miercoles haremos una revisión de la condición laboral de trabajadores temporales extranjeros, las dificultades que están enfrentando debido al COVID- 19 y las opciones de ayuda.
Hablaremos de los programas actualmente disponibles para trabajadores migrantes y alternativas cuando no son elegibles. El FCJ Refugee Centre sigue brindando servicios a los trabajadores migrantes, haciendo referencias, representando casos ante inmigración y otras autoridades.
Nuestro programa busca crear conciencia sobre la problemática de la trata de personas, en particular sobre casos internacionales y explotación laboral. Nuestro equipo de trabajo tiene capacidad de apoyar en diferentes idiomas (español, portugués, y francés entre otros); Si usted esta experimentando cualquier tipo de explotación, contáctenos en nuestra oficina 416-469-9754 o en nuestro teléfono WhatsApp 647-9712153. Los trabajadores migrantes siguen llegando a Canadá. Debidoa la pandemia la situación para los migrantes sin estatus es más difícil: el aislamiento, la explotación y los abusos aumentaron en el último periodo


Registration to the Virtual Info Session/ Webinar:



Updates on the Refugee Process during COVID-19

You are invited to join our FCJ Webinar on Thursday July 16, 2020.

During the Virtual Info Session Francisco Rico, the co-director of the FCJ Refugee Centre will provide an overview of the impact of the COVID-19 in the immigration procedures. The presentation will include the refugee process updates announced last week. The conversation will include key elements that you have to take into consideration and be better prepare for your refugee hearing.



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Info sessions Calendar/ Sesiones informativas calendario

Calendar of Informative sessions/ Calendario de sessiones informativas

The information provided through our webinars is also available in our Podcast:Borderless Voices   

Upcoming Virtual Info Session/Webinar

On June 24 our webinar will be in Portuguese

The topic is The Humanitarian and Compassionate application in Portuguese.

Aplicação humanitária e compassiva

Você está convidado a participar de nossa sessão informativa




on June 25 at 10:30 am

The impact of the COVID-19 in the immigration system: measures in the refugee process and refugee hearings.For registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3491643617553253901




Si te perdiste algun webinar puedes escucharlo en nuestra seccion de podcast BORDERLESS VOICES:






Si necesitan apoyo para poder registrarse pueden bajar este documento que  describe paso a paso como registrarse:

Guia Como Registrarse en la Sesion Informativa Virtual FCJ









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