Refugee Rights Month in Toronto 2018

April 3, 2018 – April 21, 2018 all-day


Refugee Rights Month in Toronto is commemorated in April each year to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Supreme Court decision (the ‘Singh’ decision) on April 4, 1985. 

Please join the 2018 Refugee Rights Month Toronto Planning Committee, including the CRS, Osgoode Hall Law School and Amnesty International at York (full list of members listed at the bottom of this page) and other community members this year to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the ‘Singh Decision’ with an ambitious month of events!

Our keynote panel including the Mayor’s proclamation and launch to the month will be held on 5:30pm on April 4th at Ryerson University (RSVP required).

Updates to this event schedule are available at

****Please note several but not all events require advance RSVPs or tickets- this is indicated where it applies*****

April 3 and April 10th, 2018

Mathew House Film Screening of Exodus: our Journey to Europe

Where: 80 John St (TIFF Festival Towers – northeast side of TIFF building)
When: two showings (April 3 [Part 2] and April 10 [Part 3]) 
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7 pm.

**Seating is limited; please contact to reserve a seat.**

Matthew House is pleased to host a private screening of this award-winning BBC documentary which follows the journey of refugees attempting to reach Europe, escaping war, poverty or persecution. Recorded in part by the refugees themselves using camera phones, this ground-breaking documentary provides a terrifying and intimate portrait of the refugee crisis.

Matthew House is pleased to present the remaining two parts of this fantastic documentary If you have not seen part one, do not fear as these are great stand-alone pieces. 

————April 4 2018 AFTERNOON—————

“The Neighbourhood Office” – Refugee Rights Day Celebration

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Flemingdon Public Library Auditorium, 29 St. Dennis Drive, Toronto

Please join us in celebrating the journey… *Refugee Rights in Canada. Drop by and witness a day of exciting entertainment, refreshments and snacks.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information you can contact: 416-421-3054,


April 4 2018- 5:30-8:30PM: MONTH’S LAUNCH & KEYNOTE EVENT

Finding Home In Toronto: 33 Years of Defending Refugee Rights

Tickets & Further info @

Event will feature presentation of Mayor’s Proclamation on Refugees Rights Day and a panel discussion

From Toronto City Council:
Mayor John Tory
Councillors and City of Toronto Newcomer Advocates Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39) and Neethan Shan (Ward 42)

A panel of esteemed presenters will discuss the theme of “Finding Home,” and discuss the criminalization of refugees, access to shelter and housing, and the right to healthcare in our community.


Idil Atak, Associate professor – ‎Department of Criminology, Ryerson University, Toronto

Anne Woolger, Founding Director, Matthew House Refugee Reception Services

Ritika Goel, Family Physician, Inner City Health Associates

Event Co-Moderators: Debbie Douglas – OCASI Executive Director & Loly Rico – FCJ Refugee Centre (and Past President of Canadian Council for Refugees)


April 5-7, 2018

Arbitrary Borders Art Exhibition
WHERE: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. Toronto, (near Bloor and St George)
Official Opening – Thursday April 5th from 6 – 9pm
Hours: Thursday 11am -9pm
Friday 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5pm

Presented by Beyond Fear Arts Collective and the Quaker Committee for Refugees
Curated by Helen Melbourne, Facilitated by Eusebio Garcia, Roberto Martin and Kate Dee

Arbitrary borders are set by governments or authorities; by war and treaties; by regulation, social and institutional differences and personal boundaries. This show examines the concept of immigration and rejection, walls, fences, resettlement, detainment, the millions of people caught in political battles and manoeuvres, and what it means for humanity and individuals when a decision is made to close borders and evict asylum seekers, to send them back to their unsafe homeland or to homes that are no longer there or to force them to live in isolated marginal lands; when we treat people as other.

Artwork that considers either the barrier itself or what is on either side of the barrier, the hope for acceptance, or the despair of rejection are part of this juried show. Where do these barriers begin? Where do they end? As artists we raise the questions, we do not have the answers.

For more information contact Eusebio Garcia at 416-964-9669 or 
Helen Melbourne at


April 10th, 2018 (also Apr 3)

Mathew House Film Screening of Exodus: our Journey to Europe



April 21, 2018

CULTURAL EVENT: Refugee Rights & Romero Vive 2018
Cultural show, DJ, dance, food, raffles, cash bar and much more!

Saturday, April 21st @ 6:00 PM
Place: LIUNA Local 183; 1263 Wilson Avenue (Keele St. & Wilson Avenue)

Celebrating the life of Oscar Romero and the ‘Singh decision’ in Toronto, Canada

Everyone is welcome!

**For more information & tickets please contact 416-577-6426 or**

Organizer: Salvadoran Canadian Association of Toronto (ASALCA)

Toronto Refugee Rights Month Planning Committee Members include:

Amnesty International | Amnesty International at York University | Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture | Centre for Refugee Studies, York University | Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change | COSTI | FCJ Refugee Centre | Matthew House | OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving ImmigrantsOsgoode Hall Law School | Quaker Committee for Refugees | Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge | Ryerson University Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement | Salvadorean Canadian AssociationSojourn House | Syria Response and Refugee Initiative- York UniversityThe Neighbourhood Organization