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Going back to School during COVID 19

Many parents are worried about sending their kids back to school. During the session the FCJ Primary Care Clinic will walk you through some of the safety measures for kids, providing tips for the new school year.  We will talk about new routines, the use of mask, physical distancing, social bubble, school transportation, etc

Presentation in English

To watch the video click here.


Presentacion en espanol 

A muchas familias les preocupa que sus hijos vuelvan a la escuela. Durante la sesión, la Clínica de Atención Primaria de FCJ lo guiará a través de algunas de las medidas de seguridad para los niños y brindará consejos para el nuevo año escolar. Hablaremos de nuevas rutinas, uso de máscara, distanciamiento físico, burbuja social, transporte escolar, etc Para  ver el video siga el enlace: De Regreso a la Escuela








How to Find help during the crisis of the COVID-19

This is a toolkit with information about how to find support during the crisis of the COVID-19.

The document provides helpful resources. Keep in mind that most of the information is focused in Toronto. We are trying to keep the resources  up-to-date as possible

Ontario Coalition of Service Providers contact list

The Coalition includes refugee houses and agencies who work with vulnerable populations across  Southern  Ontario and 2 in the United States

To read the contact list click here

The coalition meets every 2 months to share information and resources; identify and communicate operational needs; and to raise public awareness of refugee issues.


Legal Aid Questionaire Guide 

When calling legal aid, please make sure that you have the following details available.

To read the Questionaire please click here

BREAKING BARRIERS: Services and Resources for undocumented Torontonians and precarious migrants 




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.








The following guidelines provide steps that can be taken by refugee houses/NGO staff to assist refugee claimants in preparing for and representing themselves at the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board when legal representation cannot be secured due to recent legal aid funding cuts.

To read the guidelines click here






 The following guidelines provide steps that can be taken by refugee houses/NGO staff to assist refugee claimants in submitting an appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division at the Immigration and Refugee Board when legal representation cannot be secured due to recent legal aid funding cuts.

 To read the guidelines click here





FCJ Refugee Centre reports  on the experience of Refugee Claimants and other precarious migrants navigating the housing system.

Displaced persons and precarious migrants are particularly vulnerable to a range of other human rights violations that can then impact their right to housing. They are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, racism and xenophobia, which can further interfere with their ability to secure sustainable and adequate living conditions. People who have been forcibly displaced will often have suffered trauma during their journey, and will have lost familiar coping strategies and support mechanisms. Often unable in practice or because of their legal status to rent adequate accommodation, many are forced to live in overcrowded and insecure conditions. These challenges are compounded by Toronto’s ongoing housing crisis, which is a long-standing problem.

Many of our clients facing this situation came to FCJ Refugee Centre looking for support. This report shares our findings 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. We are grateful to those who shared their stories with us. We wanted to bring attention to these issues as these vulnerabilities are not given the due attention they deserve, either in the media or in government policies. To read the report click here












Humanitarian and Compassionate Application Document Gathering :

English version

Portuguese version

Spanish version













From Youth To You

This is a toolkit for 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.

This is a resource that prioritize newcomer youth voices in fostering promising practices and addressing the less visible challenges faced by diverse newcomer youth populations.

The toolkit also outlines the FCJ Youth Network’s current model of youth-engagement and youth leadership. Through this tool we want to encourage other newcomer youth serving organizations to duplicate this model to have more community-centered youth-engagement policies and practices.We are incredibly grateful for all of the support we received over the course of this project and know that we couldn’t have done it without the generous support of the Laidlaw Foundation, our allies and community partners.


Repot front pageUprooted Education: 2016 Ontario Report

The Uprooted Education 2016 Ontario Report t is the result of a project undertaken by members of the FCJ Youth Network to explore how the unique trajectories and social locations of migrant youth with precarious immigration status intersect with access to, and involvement in, Ontario high schools. The report attempts to detail these experiences through five salient themes, and offer insight into promising practices and possibilities to ignite change.

We would like to especially thank the Laidlaw Foundation for their support, as well as the many organizations and individuals that lent their voices to this project.

We consider this report to be an organic document, and hope that it is valuable in not only raising awareness of this issue in Ontario, but laying further groundwork for its continued exploration across Canada. As such, this project has been inspired and influenced by many others, and hope that it will continue to be improved upon and made relevant to other institutions, organizations and areas of work.


Integrated Model of Refugee Protection and Integration

Integrated Model

Exclusionary Changes in the Conservative Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Policies: The Beginning of the End

Exlusionary Changes

Workshop / Presentations

presentation changes

Antonela Arhin Child Trafficking_Page_01

Tool Kit: Undeserved Communities Research

(This tool-kit was made possible by the generosity of UNIFOR The Union)

Presentations: Undeserved Communities Research

(These presentations were made possible by the generosity of UNIFOR The Union)

Refugee Changes and Refugee Claim Applications

Overview of Immigration and Refugee Policy Changes Refugee Claim application

Roundtable series: Building Collaboration to Combat Human Trafficking in the City of Toronto.

Presentations October 28-29 2013 TOCityCollaboration Roundtable on Human Trafficking Oct 28-2013

Building Collaboration and An Overview on the Human Trafficking Iniciative

Internationally trafficked persons - challenges and solutions SALCO_PPT - 28 Oct 2012-1

Human Trafficking Forum on Forced Labour, April 2013


Syrian Refugees in Bulgaria: A Double Edged Sword: Report

Syrian Refugees in Bulgaria: A Double Edged Sword, 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, NGOs, Syrian refugees, as well as visits to immigration reception centers in Bulgaria. A short video was also produced to reproduce parts of the conducted interviews and comments gathered during the visit.

Summary Report from the Forum: Human Trafficking for Forced Labour: Report on HTForum

The Forum on Human Trafficking for Forced Labour: Raising Awareness and Building Response was organized by the FCJ Refugee Centre and was made possible with the financial support of the Department of Justice Canada, and took place during the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2013: We All Have a Role. The forum was focused on persons trafficked internationally for the purposes of forced labour, the programs that increase people’s vulnerabilities to this crime, and the barriers to services and protection for these populations. Approximately 100 participants took part in the event, mostly from Toronto and the GTA.

Request for action and recommendations. Check the document here: Request for Action

The FCJ Refugee Centre presented a request for action, suggesting policies for protection and services tailored to the needs of internationally trafficked persons. The request for action was debated among the participants who provided input and also developed their own recommendations.

Fund Legal Aid Ontario

Open Letter from the Coalition of Service Providers for Refugee Claimants in Southern Ontario calling on Federal and Provincial governments to fully fund Legal Aid Ontario’s immigration and refugee services

Coalition call

How to provide support clients detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

This document has 2 sections: the first section is an explanation of what happens at the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre. The second section describes how a refugee house or any other agency can become a community-based alternative to detention. The FCJ Refugee Centre has been supporting detainees at the Immigration Holding Centre through the TORONTO REFUGEE AFFAIRS COUNCIL (TRAC) for more than a decade. Through this experience the Centre is trying to identify how the refugee houses at the Coalition of Service Providers, or any other agency, can provide a better support to this population.

The guide provides a quick overview of the release process for detained immigrants at the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre (TIHC). Our goal is to increase awareness among service providers and the wider population about issues of detention. We hope this guide is a helpful tool on procedures and promising practices to best support detainees in their transitioning process to independent living.

To read the document click here

Housing Needs of Precarious populations Guide

The Housing Needs of Precarious populations Guide addresses the barriers, priorities, promising practices and gaps in terms of accessing housing for precarious migrants. The document highlights existing limitations of the settlement programs that exacerbate the vulnerability of those populations to homelessness.

To read the document click here

The Precarious Migrant Protection  and Support Program Resources

Precarious Migrant Directory

Human trafficking survivors led initiative

As part of the 2016 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week “The Power of Our Voices”, FCJ Refugee Centre in partnership with East Metro Youth Services embarked on a project to provide a safe space for survivors of human trafficking to voice their opinion on services and protection available and a lack thereof. The initiative was funded by the Department of Justice Canada. Such project was long overdue as survivors are left out of the conversations and decision-making pertaining to accessing services and solutions to combat trafficking in persons. The ultimate goal of the project is to lay the foundation of survivor led and designed toolkit for service providers outlining promising practices and accurate support.

To Read the Summary report click here

The Inland Regularization Class

As part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration, the FCJ Refugee Centre is proposing a program aimed at providing a new avenue for regularization for many migrant populations that find themselves in various states of immigration status limbo, including legacy claimants. We anticipate that this proposed program could impact more than 360,000 residents of Canada – a group that represents 1% of the “censused” population. This program involves the development of a new immigration class through which individuals will be assessed on various criteria surrounding their time in Canada, including their involvement in different institutions and community groups, economic integration, as well as social and familial ties. This new class will fill the gaps in existing legislation whereby refugee claimants are unable to submit an application for permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, despite having set roots, and becoming well-established in Canada.

Take a look at the complete document: Click here


Audit Report Access T.O. Initiative