Migration

We continue to remotely offer as many services as possible by phone, e-mail, or any other electronic means available to us. For any inquiries on any issue or situation related to immigration and refugee process, as well as about all our services please either contact us by email or call 416-469-9754.

Settlement

Our Settlement Programs include temporary shelter for women and children, primary health clinic, women’sprograms, employment help, English classes and workshops. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we are supporting only by phone (please call 416- 469 97 54) and by email (at info@fcjrefugeecentre.org). We are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Youth Network

We are here for you during these difficult times! Our weekly drop-ins have moved to GotoMeeting. Every Wednesday, the FCJ Youth Network is meeting virtually to continue supporting one another while we practice physical distance.

Human Trafficking

The Anti-Trafficking and Migrant Workers Mobile Program is active. Connect with us by phone: 416-469-9754, or in WhatsApp: 647-9712153. We are providing remote services to migrant workers in different languages.

Upcoming Events

Featured

Free Music Classes

As a part of our Uprooted Junior Program, FCJ Refugee Centre & Musicbox Children’s Charity are offering free music classes. Where: Through Zoom When: Friday afternoons Time: 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Come together to learn a new skill, share in music and have fun! For more information and to register, please contact: victoria.zea@fcjrefugeecentre.org

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: FCJ Refugee Centre Statement

For 30 years, we at the FCJ Refugee Centre have been walking with uprooted people. We remain unwavering, and relentless in our commitment to walk with people who have faced and continue to experience exclusion, marginalization and oppression. Today and every day we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities across this country. Canada’s history begins with the colonization of Indigenous…

Join the Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance

The Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance is a regional project that aims to enhance capacity and knowledge regarding the specific barriers and challenges presented in international cases where women have been victimized and marginalized by Human Trafficking. At FCJ Refugee Centre we are committed to approaching women through a peer led model that will provide them with holistic information…

Employment Opportunity: Anti-Human Trafficking Migrant Case Worker

Application deadline: October 1st 2021, 5.00 pm Salary: $20 – $22/hr according to relevant experience Hours: 37.5 hours weekly The FCJ Refugee Centre strives to meet the diverse needs of uprooted people in communities across Ontario. The Anti-Human Trafficking Migrant Case worker is tasked to offer a holistic approach in supporting and responding to the needs of migrant workers who…

Clases de música gratis

Como parte de nuestro programa Uprooted Junior, FCJ Refugee Centre & Musicbox Children’s Charity están ofreciendo clases de música gratis.

  • Dónde: A través de Zoom
  • Cuándo: Viernes por la tarde
  • Hora: De 4:30 h a 5:00 h

¡Únete para aprender una nueva habilidad, compartir música y divertirte!

Para más informacion y registrarse, contactar con:

victoria.zea@fcjrefugeecentre.org

Únete a la Alianza de Mujeres Migrantes Contra la Trata de Personas

La Alianza de Mujeres Migrantes Contra la Trata de Personas es un proyecto regional que tiene como objetivo mejorar la capacidad y el conocimiento sobre las barreras y desafíos específicos que se presentan en los casos internacionales en los que las mujeres han sido víctimas de, y marginadas por, la trata de personas.

En el Centro de Refugiados FCJ estamos comprometidos a acercarnos a las mujeres a través de un modelo dirigido por pares, que les proporcionará información holística y acceso a servicios y apoyo integrales.

El objetivo de nuestras sesiones semanales es que las participantes se involucren en la construcción de la comunidad y la conexión social. Las sesiones proporcionarán un espacio seguro y una comunidad unida para las mujeres migrantes. Esto permitirá una oportunidad para formar amistades, fomentar la curación, crear conciencia y promover la resiliencia.

Las sesiones semanales incluirán una serie de talleres planificados, tales como utilización de la terapia artística para lidiar con la ansiedad, consejos de cuidado personal, cómo proteger el bienestar mental o sesiones de terapia grupal.

Las sesiones comienzan en octubre de 2021. Contacta con Isabella Eldeib en isabella.eldeib@fcjrefugeecentre.org para obtener más información.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: FCJ Refugee Centre Statement

For 30 years, we at the FCJ Refugee Centre have been walking with uprooted people. We remain unwavering, and relentless in our commitment to walk with people who have faced and continue to experience exclusion, marginalization and oppression. Today and every day we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities across this country.

Canada’s history begins with the colonization of Indigenous land, upon which we have built a foundation of false hopes and empty promises to all First Nations people.

While our country mourns together over the ongoing discoveries of the remains of Indigenous children on multiple sites of residential schools, we must not forget that anti-Indigenous racism and prejudice is not just in Canada’s past. It is very much a part of our society today. While this may be shocking to some, to far too many others it is a daily reminder of Canada’s gross mistreatment, abuse, and exploitation of Indigenous peoples, their land, and their communities.

We stand in grief and solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across Canada who were forcibly sent to residential schools. We stand with them, as they face the trauma caused by the church and the Canadian government alike, through residential schools, and many other forms of systematic and ongoing racism. We acknowledge the impact that colonialism, systemic racism, and violence have on members of this community. Although many in our community have been displaced by similar forces of racism, neocolonialism, the transatlantic slave trade, the rise of fascist movements, and unfettered commercial exploitation in our countries of origin, we recognize that our organization is not free of racism, and pledge to take an active part in decolonization and reconciliation.

We recognize how we have profited from Canada’s colonialism, and we at the FCJ Refugee Centre would like to acknowledge the land on which its establishment is housed, and where staff, volunteers and members alike gather. This land is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations.

We urge the Canadian government to continue to investigate all 130+ residential school burial sites and bring justice to the families. Our elected officials must work with Indigenous leaders, allow room for self-autonomy and must always prioritize the best interest of indigenous children and their communities. As a community we must also educate ourselves with the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in order to create change and work with indigenous communities.

This time demands from us thoughtful consideration of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Report. We must demand action from our elected officials.

We must demand that all children are taught the true history of the land upon which we live.

We commit ourselves to participate in active reflection, and reconciliation of the true and terrible foundation upon which Canada was built.

On stolen land.

With stolen sons and daughters.

As we approach the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation we commit unwavering support and solidarity. Together we will reflect. We will continue to learn. And we will teach our sons and daughters the truth of our history, so it shall never be repeated again.

We honour the victims, survivors, and all families impacted by the trauma inflicted upon generations of Indigenous communities through action, not simply words.

Please join us, and join the calls to action.


Join the Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance

The Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance is a regional project that aims to enhance capacity and knowledge regarding the specific barriers and challenges presented in international cases where women have been victimized and marginalized by Human Trafficking.

At FCJ Refugee Centre we are committed to approaching women through a peer led model that will provide them with holistic information and access to wrap around services and support.

The goal of our weekly sessions will be for participants to engage in community building and social connection. Sessions will provide a safe space and tight knit community for migrant women. This will allow the opportunity to form friendships, encourage healing, build awareness and promote resilience.

Weekly sessions will include a number of planned workshops such as: utilizing art therapy to deal with anxiety, self-care tips, how to protect your mental wellbeing and group therapy sessions.

The sessions are starting on October 2021, please contact Isabella Eldeib at isabella.eldeib@fcjrefugeecentre.org for further information.

Employment Opportunity: Anti-Human Trafficking Migrant Case Worker

Application deadline: October 1st 2021, 5.00 pm
Salary: $20 – $22/hr according to relevant experience
Hours: 37.5 hours weekly

The FCJ Refugee Centre strives to meet the diverse needs of uprooted people in communities across Ontario. The Anti-Human Trafficking Migrant Case worker is tasked to offer a holistic approach in supporting and responding to the needs of migrant workers who have experienced, who are experiencing or who are at-risk of human trafficking, with a special focus on international cases of labour exploitation. You will be providing ongoing services to clients, from intake to follow-up as our doors are always open for returning clients. FCJ Refugee Centre has been providing service to those with precarious immigration status for the past 30 years.

No two days are the same at FCJ Refugee Centre. As part of working in a small grassroots organization, you need to be open to adapt yourself to any situation. You will be a core part of the Anti-Human Trafficking team, but will be working in collaboration with the organization as a whole and might be asked to support other teams with evolving tasks. The Anti-Human Trafficking team also supports remote and rural communities by contributing to create awareness and building capacity through meetings, information sessions and trainings to these organizations. Currently, while working in office most appointments with clients are done over the phone and online but you may be required to travel to locations around Ontario to provide information sessions and client support.

While our main focus is immigration support, we also provide client with assistance to access social services like Legal Aid, Ontario Works, housing, food security, etc. Knowledge of services available to those in need is critical. We are part of multiple local, provincial and federal networks that fight for migrant rights and other social issues. You will be required to attend network meetings and share with them the resources and news from FCJ Refugee Centre.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide ongoing intensive holistic case management independently and in collaboration with the Anti-Human Trafficking team.
  • Perform intake with clients to better understand their needs and create a work plan based on information gathered during intake.
  • Refer and support clients in applying for social services such as Legal Aid Ontario, Ontario Works, ODSP when eligible.
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date information about various labour rights and human trafficking for labour exploitation as they relate to exploited or at-risk migrant workers under the supervision of the project coordinator.
  • Provide individualized support, information and guidance on labour rights and human trafficking, including supporting clients in filling out forms and helping with case management in regards to wider settlement and other issues.
  • Organize and prepare critical applications such as Work Permits for Vulnerable Workers, Temporary Resident Permits, or Humanitarian and Compassionate applications.
  • Collect and analyze data related to the case support.
  • Maintain accurate records and statistics. Prepare statistical and narrative reports for the project coordinator.
  • Adhere to organizational policies, including confidentiality, reporting and anti-oppression.
  • Provide accurate/up-to-date information about labour rights and other processes as they relate to exploited or at risk migrant workers, under the supervision of the FCJ Co-director and/or HT program coordinator.
  • Support the project coordinator in the individual case management as well as the implementation of other activities related to the project.
  • Closely monitor service delivery. Conduct and coordinate follow-up and reporting.
  • Support and participate in the meetings with the Advisory Committee.
  • Contribute to creating awareness and building capacity through participating I meetings, representing FCJ in coalitions, and attending training for stake holder organizations and partners, informing on possible different types of issues which affect precarious migrants.
  • Aid in improving and developing our outreach to organizations and migrant workers in rural and remote areas.

Qualifications:

  • Second language capabilities required- fluency in Spanish, and/or Portuguese. French an asset.
  • Results oriented, highly motivated, and able to work effectively independently or within a team setting.
  • Committed to working from intersectional, anti-oppression, feminist anti-racist framework.
  • Experience working with newcomers, precarious migrants, diverse communities and vulnerable populations.
  • Previous experience writing evaluations, reports and/or tool-kits is required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of labour and other processes as they relate to exploited and at-risk migrant workers, and community resources
  • Adept in public speaking with experience in facilitating workshops, meetings and information sessions, with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Lived experience with human trafficking and /or migration will be recognized.
  • Must be able to adapt a flexible work arrangement which may include a combination of virtual remote work from home and work in office arrangements. This will be based on organization and program needs as determined by supervisor.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following groups: women, visible minority, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by email only (in word format) by October 1st, 5pm to: Natasha Rollings via natasha.rollings@fcjrefugeecentre.org with the subject line Migrant Caseworker Application.

We thank all applicants; however, due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Two Employment Opportunities at FCJ Refugee Centre

1. Anti-Human Trafficking Women’s Coordinator

  • Application deadline: September 6th, 2021
  • Hours & salary: 37.5 hours weekly, $22.5/hr
  • Start date: Immediately
  • One year contract with a possibility for renewal and extension

The Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) women’s coordinator is tasked with developing and implementing the women’s programming, through an anti-human trafficking lens at the FCJ Refugee Centre. This work directly involves participation and coordination of the Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance.

The Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance approaches women through a peer led model to provide them with holistic information and access to wrap around supports. This enhanced access to knowledge will equip women with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their lives and futures. These efforts will work to circumvent emerging international cases of human trafficking for the intent of labour and sex exploitation within Canada.

The program connects women to safe housing and offers a safe space for these vulnerable women to share their experiences in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment while also providing critical information through workshops, materials, information sessions and open discussions, and the collaborative creation of best practices.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead the Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance program.
  • Provide ongoing case management with holistic approach connecting at-risk women and survivors of human trafficking to specialized services, working on immigration applications, providing settlement services including access to safe housing and health and advocacy.
  • Provide access to resources through information and guidance to program participants on their rights as migrant women, as well as labour rights as they related to exploited women, at-risk women and survivors of human trafficking.
  • Conduct outreach to partner organizations, service providers, shelters and other spaces where women migrants are present such as the hospitality industry, cleaning services, factory workers, and hotels.
  • Organize and facilitate 2 steering committees- The first with women with lived-experience, conducting monthly meetings. The second with community organizations, having meetings every 3 months.
  • Organize and facilitate capacity building sessions for migrant women and for front-line workers and service providers.
  • Organize and facilitate weekly community building and social connection sessions who are at-risk and survivors of human trafficking.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date client records.
  • Collaborate with the Anti-Human trafficking team and Women’s Programs in writing program tool-kits, reports (including program/service evaluations), and collaborate in the creation of advocacy letters, pamphlets, posters and other promotional material which contributes to advocacy work.
  • Contribute to creating awareness and community building capacity through participating in meetings, representing FCJ in coalitions such CCR, TCHTN among others, and attending training for stake holder organizations and partners, informing on possible different types of issues which affect migrant women (including human trafficking).
  • Adhere to organization policies including confidentiality, reporting and anti-oppression.

Qualifications:

  • Second language capabilities an asset.
  • Results oriented, highly motivated, and able to work effectively independently or within a team setting.
  • Previous experience writing evaluations, reports and/or tool-kits is required.
  • Experience in working with newcomer women (immigrant, refugee, or non-status), and providing individual and group supports to marginalized women.
  • Knowledgeable about community resources.
  • Strong community engagement skills for program development and delivery is required.
  • Experience working from an intersectional and anti-oppression based framework is required.
  • Adept in public speaking with experience in facilitating workshops, meetings and information sessions.
  • Knowledgeable in media production such as podcasts, videos, and technological expertise in Zoom, Go To Meeting and social media, considered an asset
  • Lived experience with human trafficking and/or migration will be recognized.
  • Must be willing and able to work in a flexible environment, and collaborate with other program areas as needed.
  • Must be able to adapt a flexible work arrangement which may include a combination of virtual remote work from home and work in office arrangements. This will be based on organization and program needs as determined by supervisor.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minority, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by email only (in word format) by September 6th 5 pm to: Natasha Rollings via natasha.rollings@fcjrefugeecentre.org

We thank all applicants; however, due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


2. Anti-Human Trafficking Youth Worker

  • Application deadline: September 6th, 2021
  • Hours & salary: 30 hours weekly, $20/hr
  • Start date: Immediately
  • One year contract with a possibility for renewal and extension

The Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT) youth worker will work closely with the Youth Coordinator and other peers to support a growing group of newcomer youth with their diverse settlement processes and social integration. The AHT Youth Worker is tasked with developing and implementing youth led programming, through an anti-human trafficking lens at the FCJ Refugee Centre. This work directly involves collaboration with the Youth Network, and the Anti Human Trafficking program.

The FCJ Youth Network offers positive and inclusive space that works from an anti-oppressive, trauma informed intersectional framework and welcomes anyone regardless of aspect of their identity including their immigration status, race, gender identity, sexual identity, or language abilities. As a youth-led initiative, the group meets weekly to socialize, participate in workshops, and engage in discussions about issues which impact them. In addition to being a space migrant youth to connect with youth who share their lived experiences, the group also provide a platform for migrant youth to be leaders and advocate for their rights.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee a casefile of 20 – 30 youth at a time; coordinate service delivery response in-house or through existing networks; report to Youth Coordinator on a frequent basis
  • Develop and lead the Youth Network, and support the Youth Alliance Against Human Trafficking program.
  • Provide interpersonal individualized support, and access to information to vulnerable young precarious migrants, at-risk youth and young survivors of human trafficking.
  • Provide ongoing intensive holistic case management consisting of connecting youth to specialized services, working on immigration applications, providing settlement services including access to education and advocacy.
  • Provide access to resources through information and guidance to program participants on their rights as migrant youth, as well as labour rights as they related to exploited youth, at-risk youth and youth survivors of human trafficking.
  • Conduct outreach to partner organizations, youth service providers, schools, shelters and other spaces where youth are present about the Youth Alliance program and the FCJ Youth Network.
  • Organize and facilitate bi-monthly steering committee meetings for the Youth Alliance program.
  • Organize and facilitate weekly meetings for the FCJ Youth Network.
  • Facilitate and develop youth social events, activities, outings, and informative workshops for the Youth Alliance program and the FCJ Youth Network. This includes facilitating workshops on Human Trafficking and its related themes, and hosting the weekly FCJ Youth Network meetings.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date client records.
  • Collaborate with the Youth and Anti-Human trafficking teams in writing program tool-kits, reports (including program/service evaluations), and collaborate in the creation of advocacy letters, pamphlets, posters and other promotional material which contributes to advocacy work.
  • Contribute to creating awareness and building capacity through participating in meetings, representing FCJ in coalitions, and attending training for stake holder organizations and partners, informing on possible different types of issues which affect migrant youth (including human trafficking).
  • Adhere to organization policies including confidentiality, reporting and anti-oppression.

Qualifications:

  • Second language capabilities required – fluency in French, Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Results oriented, highly motivated, and able to work effectively independently or within a team setting.
  • Previous experience writing evaluations, reports and/or tool-kits is required.
  • Experience in working with newcomer youth (immigrant, refugee, or non-status), and providing individual and group supports to marginalized youth.
  • Knowledgeable about community resources.
  • Strong youth engagement skills for program development and delivery is required.
  • Experience working from an intersectional and anti-oppression based framework is required.
  • Adept in public speaking with experience in facilitating workshops, meetings and information sessions.
  • Knowledgeable in media production such as podcasts, videos, and technological expertise in Zoom, Go To Meeting and social media, considered an asset
  • Lived experience with human trafficking and/or migration will be recognized.
  • Must be willing and able to work in a flexible environment, and collaborate with other program areas as needed.
  • Must be able to adapt a flexible work arrangement which may include a combination of virtual remote work from home and work in office arrangements. This will be based on organization and program needs as determined by supervisor.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minority, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by email only (in word format) by September 6th 5 pm to: Natasha Rollings via natasha.rollings@fcjrefugeecentre.org

We thank all applicants; however, due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


To learn more about FCJ Refugee Centre please visit our website at: www.fcjrefugeecentre.org.

Afghanistan crisis – Information update

Special program for vulnerable Afghans

The government announced on August 13 an expanded resettlement program, intended to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees. See web page (which is being updated).

This program includes:

  • A previously announced and active program for Afghans who worked for the Canadian government (“Special program for Afghans who assisted Canada”). These people can be inside or outside Afghanistan.
  • A promise of a program for Afghans outside Afghanistan to be resettled (see below).

Resettlement program

The details are not yet finalized but it is expected that the program will be implemented quite soon. The government is seeking input from organizations, including the CCR. The plan is to have more flexibility than with normal resettlement programs (for example, flexibility on definitions and inclusion of extended families).

The program will resettle 8,000 Government Assisted Refugees (these are new places, additional to what was already in the immigration levels), as well as Privately Sponsored Refugees.

Family reunification

The special program covers also family reunification applications (either Family Class sponsorships or family members of accepted refugees included on their permanent residence application – the latter category was eliminated in the 19 August update of the web page, but apparently that is an error).

IRCC says they will “prioritize the processing” of the family reunification applications.

CCR has been advocating for the government to issue Temporary Residence Permits to family members of accepted refugees and to evacuate them. A group of Afghans in this situation has formed to do advocacy and give mutual support. (Email afghanfamily.evacuation@gmail.com).

Refugee claimants

The IRB is taking measures to expedite all Afghan files. This includes reviewing refugee claims to see if they can be accepted on paper or referred to a short hearing. See IRB Afghan measures.

Evacuation from Kabul

The government is trying to move as many people as possible, but there is limited capacity. The priorities are Canadian citizens and permanent residents and Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada.

Canadian Council for Refugees, Updated 20 August 2021


Special program for Afghans – Summary of CCR recommendations

In response to the crisis in Afghanistan and the government’s August 13 announcement of an expanded resettlement program for Afghans, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR( has been making the following recommendations to the government.

1. Family members of Protected Persons (accepted refugees) in Canada

  • CCR is asking that the government issue Temporary Residence Permits to family members of accepted refugees and include them among the priorities for evacuation out of Kabul.

2. Afghan resettlement should be additional to existing spaces

  • The commitment to 20,000 places is good, but the numbers should be additional to places already committed in the immigration levels. The government should not count applications of Afghans who were already in process.
  • This commitment should not result in delays for applicants of other nationalities.

3. Facilitating private sponsorship

  • The requirement for a Refugee Status Determination document (for Group of Five and Community Sponsors) should be waived (since most Afghan refugees will likely be unable to obtain it).
  • Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) need additional allocation spaces to allow them to sponsor Afghans.
  • The government should alleviate the burdens of the pending Program Integrity Framework (PIF) which will compromise SAH capacity. Many SAHs may hesitate to take on new commitments due to concerns about what PIF will mean.
  • The door needs to be opened to private sponsorship in Quebec (currently no new private sponsorship applications can be submitted in Quebec).

4. Family reunification

Canadian Council for Refugees, Updated 23 August 2021


Q&A

1. Who qualifies for this support?

Afghan citizens outside of Canada who are immediate family members (spouse, dependent child or grandchild) of Canadian citizens, permanent residents, protected persons applying for permanent residence, or resettled Afghan refugees.

2. What type of applications can receive support?

Permanent residence applications being processed or future permanent residence applications and Temporary Residence (TRV) applications being processed or will be submitted.

3. How to request priority processing for PR applications?

a. Existing Applications:

  • By Paper: If you already have an application number (through application acknowledgement letter) please email via the dedicated inbox (IRCC.SituationAfghanistan.IRCC@cic.gc.ca) with the subject “Afghan Special Measures 2021”. Please see emailing instructions below.

b. New Applications:

  • By Paper: Applicants submitting a family class paper-based application must label the envelope with “Urgent – Afghanistan priority” to ensure officers process their application on a priority basis.
  • Online Applications: Although IRCC staff is instructed to flag online applications received from Afghani clients. Applicants can also submit priority processing via the dedicated inbox (IRCC.SituationAfghanistan.IRCC@cic.gc.ca) with the subject “Afghan Special Measures 2021”. Please see emailing instructions below.

4. Email Instructions for Priority Email to make sure the application is flagged as a priority

The email should include

  • their name and date of birth, UCI Number, Application number
  • the email address used for the Permanent Residence Portal submission or Generic Form
  • the documentation for Afghan citizens wishing to come to Canada should prove their residence, their relationship with family members, their family members’ Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status

Please be advised that admissibility issues are still in effect. The only exception is that medical examinations can be conducted upon arrival in Canada if it they are not possible to complete abroad.

You can find the official guide here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/afghanistan.html#s4

FCJ Refugee Centre, Updated 25 August 2021

Toronto Para Tod@s: Día de los Residentes Indocumentados

Durante 30 años, el Centro de Refugiados FCJ ha estado amplificando las voces de las comunidades más marginadas de Toronto, los residentes indocumentados. Estamos orgullosos de seguir trabajando junto a la Ciudad para invitar a todos los habitantes de Toronto a ser más conscientes, participar en debates y aceptar a Toronto como una verdadera ciudad santuario, donde todos son bienvenidos y tratados con dignidad. Un Toronto del que todos podamos estar orgullosos.

—FCJ Refugee Centre

Como parte de las iniciativas con motivo de su 30 aniversario, el Centro de Refugiados FCJ se une a la campaña Toronto For All (#TorontoForAll, Toronto Para Tod@s), lanzada por la Ciudad de Toronto, y que este año está centrada en los residentes indocumentados.

El alcalde de Toronto, John Tory, en nombre del Ayuntamiento de Toronto, ha proclamado el 24 de agosto de 2021 como el Día de los Residentes Indocumentados en la Ciudad de Toronto. La proclamación dice lo siguiente:

A pesar de que miles de residentes indocumentados que viven en Toronto hacen contribuciones importantes a nuestra ciudad, muchos experimentan tremendas dificultades y viven con miedo debido a su falta de estatus migratorio.

Los residentes indocumentados son una parte importante de nuestra ciudad. Si bien esa realidad a menudo es desconocida para nosotros, estos compañeros residentes son nuestros vecinos, trabajadores de primera línea que contribuyen al tejido cultural de nuestra ciudad. Como consecuencia de su condición de indocumentados, sin embargo, a menudo viven con miedo, están invisibilizados, no se les escucha y no son reconocidos.

Los residentes indocumentados se enfrentan a barreras por el idioma y por su identificación, y carecen de acceso a viviendas seguras y protegidas, a atención médica y a educación, tanto para sí mismos como para sus hijos. La pandemia de COVID-19 no ha hecho más que intensificar estos grandes desafíos. Aunque la política de acceso a los servicios de la Ciudad de Toronto para los residentes indocumentados se esfuerza por garantizar el acceso a todos ellos, independientemente del estatus migratorio, la realidad es que los residentes indocumentados continúan encontrando barreras en sus comunidades.

Estamos todos llamados a ser aliados de los residentes indocumentados, manteniéndonos informados sobre sys problemas aprendiendo cómo podemos ofrecer nuestro apoyo.

Por lo tanto, yo, el alcalde John Tory, en nombre del Concejo Municipal de Toronto, por la presente proclamo el 24 de agosto de 2021 como el Día de los Residentes Indocumentados en la Ciudad de Toronto.

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