Support Refugee Resettlement in Canada!

More than 1.9 million people are refugees in need of resettlement worldwide today—more than any time since World War II.

Every year at the beginning of November, the federal Cabinet sets the planned total number of incoming refugees and immigrants for the coming year. Our government is making these decisions now, and it’s important for citizens to encourage generous settlement levels and continued government efforts to reduce wait times in the refugee sponsorship system. Citizens for Public Justice and the Centre for Public Dialogue are working together to raise these important issues of hospitality and welcome of refugees—will you act with us today?

As Christian citizens, many of us have experienced amazing blessings through our connections with refugees—we know that in the process of sponsorship, strangers become neighbours and cherished members of our communities. As Canada continues to welcome the world, let’s join our voices and ask our elected representatives to set generous refugee settlement levels, clear backlogs, and reduce wait times in the system.

Join your voice with the Centre for Public Dialogue and Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Council of Refugees in urging your MP to:

  • resettle 20,000 government-assisted refugees in 2018; and
  • implement the government promise to clear the backlog of private sponsorship applications by 2019. Given the humanitarian urgency, early implementation of this promise should be encouraged.

Click here for a backgrounder on refugee resettlement in Canada. 

To view the study entitled "A Half Welcome," click here.

Support refugee resettlement--contact your MP today!


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Image credit: Hillside CRC, BC, and Neerlandia CRC, Alberta

Urge your MP to support refugee resettlement and sponsorship!

*You'll receive a call from 877-633-5420 that will provide you guidance on what to say to your officials, and then patch you through directly to them.

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Sample Script: Hello, my name is [X] and I am your constituent from [City, Province]. I am calling you today to ask you to support generous refugee resettlement levels and private sponsorship. Canada has a long tradition of welcoming refugees and I am proud to be a part of this commitment. As a person of faith, I want to say that refugees are welcome in my community. Please urge Minister Hussen to set the minimum number of Government-Assisted Refugees at 20,000 for 2018 and beyond, and to work on reducing the backlog in private sponsorship applications. Thank you.