Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

November 26, 2015 – November 28, 2015 all-day
Sheraton Hotel Hamilton
Sheraton Hamilton
116 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3
Colleen French

Register for Canadian Council for Refugees national Fall Consultation, Hamilton, 26-28 November 2015

Courage, Contributions, Resilience

 With views from all Canadian provinces and with participants in fields as diverse as mental health services and the law, this conference offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy.

 Join us to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at the CCR Fall Consultation on the theme of Courage, Contributions, Resilience. All are welcome to participate!

Some of the workshop topics include:

  • A session with Mario Dion, Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
  • Access to mental health
  • Training on permanent residence and citizenship issues
  • Refugee crisis in Europe
  • Social innovation projects
  • Roles of diaspora in supporting refugee resettlement

… and many more

Reserve your accommodation at the Consultation site, the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, by 5 November and register by 6 November to take advantage of the reduced fees!

Information about the Consultation and online registration are available at:


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Register before 6 November to take advantage of reduced fees!


About CCR Consultations:

Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) consultations address issues of refugee protection and immigrant and refugee settlement. Bringing together more than 300 people from across Canada and beyond, they offer key opportunities for information exchange, networking, strategy development and discussion. Participants include refugees, immigrants, representatives of NGOs, government, UNHCR, academics, community workers, youth advocates and international guests.

People who work with newcomers and those with a personal interest in refugees and immigrants are warmly invited, especially youth.

The consultation is an excellent opportunity to:

  • Meet and learn from experts in the field
  • Gain professional training and strategize on a wide range of topics
  • Exchange information and prepare action plans on a broad range of issues
  • Discuss community engagement to support the full participation of newcomers in Canadian society.

CCR consultations are designed to move from issues to action:

  • In the workshops, we discuss policies and realities on the ground, and begin to reflect on what to do.
  • In the caucus sessions, we explore specific topics through interactive discussions
  • In the working groups, we strategize on next steps, what policies to adopt and what actions to take.
  • At the closing plenary, we adopt any new policy positions through resolutions and review key action items.

Why attend?

Here’s what some people liked best about past Consultations:

“My clients face these issues and it’s important for me to hear from other workers about possible solutions.”

“I am new to the sector: This was a good place to orient myself to urgent issues. This is an opportunity to consult, offer feedback, identify barriers, make recommendations.”

For me it was my first time and truly I was blown away by the way the consultation was organized and the program was so packed with very important content.”

“It was nice hearing questions, comments and concerns addressed by both people who work in the refugee sector and from refugees themselves.”

“[The Consultation] is an opportunity to connect with other organizations and immigration actors. It offers great training and resources.”

About the Canadian Council for Refugees:

Founded in 1978, the Canadian Council for Refugees is a non-profit network of more than 180 organizations across Canada involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants. The CCR is committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.

The Council serves its members’ needs for:

  • Information exchange and expertise (national consultations, working groups, electronic information networks, research and political analysis)
  • Protection of refugee and immigrant rights (dialogue with government officials, public education and media promotion)

For more information about the Canadian Council for Refugees, check out the CCR’s website at: or consult About the CCR online at: