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We welcome anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding immigration issues. Learn also about the Canada’s Refugee Process and our Refugee Hearing and Appeal Preparation program.


As part of our Settlement programs we provide temporary shelter for recently arrived women and their children, a primary health care clinic, English classes, and a series of workshops for women.

Youth Network

The FCJ Youth Network is a diverse group of newcomer youth that has welcomed over 80 members in the past year. They share experiences, support one another, and mobilize their knowledge to overcome the challenges that they face.

Human Trafficking

We offer direct services to people who have been trafficked, taking into account the range of supports needed, and walking with survivors through legal processes, immigration procedures, settlement and recovery.


Seeds of Hope

SEEDS OF HOPE: Stories written by FCJ Youth and ALLIES Creating a future in the shadows: A window onto experiences that are so rarely shared, highlighting voices that are too often silenced GET YOUR BOOK FOR ONLY $20.OO  + $6.50 shipping If you want to receive it by mail (the shipping amount might vary if you order more than one …
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From Youth to You

This toolkit was born out of a growing need for youth, and particularly newcomer and precarious migrant youth, to feel more valued and included in various services that they access in the City of Toronto. Youth are often met with challenges when attempting to access services and participate in programs in different areas such as: settlement, education, legal, employment, recreation, …
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Syrian Refugees in Bulgaria: A Double Edged Sword

Syrian Refugees in Bulgaria: A Double Edged Sword is a report prepared by FCJ Refugee Centre after a delegation from Canadian Council for Refugees visit Bulgaria in June 2014. This visit had variety of goals including better understand the complex situation of Syrian asylum-seekers and refugees in Bulgaria. This understanding was facilitated by interviews with key stakeholders including state agencies, …
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Borderless Voices

Borderless Voices is an open space for anyone who wants to share their story and experiences in Canada. Through this new space, FCJ Refugee Centre is featuring stories of refugees and other voiceless communities. The first segment of this new section is focused on our 25 Anniversary and we are broadcasting short videos of successful stories and experiences from our …
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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: https://humantraffickingawarenessday.eventbrite.ca/

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


416-4699754 ext. 242


Volunteer orientation session February 28

If you want to learn and support refugees and other precarious migrants, join our team of volunteers and make a difference.

Register for the session here and Send your resume and volunteer form to Carolina Teves at cteves@fcjrefugeecentre.org
Date: Thursday February 28th, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm
Address: 208 Oakwood Ave (FCJ Refugee Centre location)

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  cteves@fcjrefugeecentre.org


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 cteves@fcjrefugeecentre.org





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 cteves@fcjrefugeecentre.org

  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:







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:




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