Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a mobile phone application (app) to help people determine whether they are financially eligible for a legal aid certificate. The app also gives applicants real-time access to call centre wait times. This is the first version of the app, and it follows the organization’s recent expansion of financial and legal eligibility criteria for legal aid services in Ontario.
You can read more about the new app on the Legal Aid Ontario website.

Posted: 12/22/2015 - 11:17

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary health coverage for resettled refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health-care coverage. Eligible individuals receive coverage under the IFHP until they are eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. The IFHP also does not cover health care services and products where a claim can be made under a private insurance plan.

Posted: 12/16/2015 - 15:18

Effective immediately, Syrian claimants who apply for Refugee Protection Division (RPD) coverage will be issued a 10-hour expedite legal aid certificate. The expedite certificate covers the preparation and filing of the Basis of Claim (BoC) and other documents (e.g., submissions) in accordance with the Immigration & Refugee Board’s (IRB) expedited process for Syrian refugee claimants.

Posted: 12/16/2015 - 13:55

The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today issued the following statement. "Today, the Government of Canada announced that it will not pursue its appeal in the case of The Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care et al.The case involves changes made in 2012 to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees, refugee claimants and claimants who were denied refugee status." You can read the full statement on the Governement of Canada's website.

Posted: 12/16/2015 - 13:14

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has posted new videos of the first flight arrivals of Syrian refugees in Toronto and Montreal. You can view these videos and more on the department’s YouTube channel. For more information about the Government of Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees as well as the latest progress updates on this initiative, please visit the #WelcomeRefugees website.

Posted: 12/16/2015 - 11:33

To date there are currently 23 primary care sites within the GTA cooperating in offering care tailored to Syrian refugees, with more joining as the days progress. As the numbers of new arrivals grow these Health Services Providers are interested in seeing the refugees, not only because of symptoms they may presently be experiencing, but also as a preventative measure. Details on the participating locations, as well as how to book an appointment, may be found on the Crossroads Clinic webpage.

Posted: 12/16/2015 - 11:29

CMAS has prepared a guide Caring for Syrian Refugee Children for those working with immigrant and refugee children. This guide will provide program staff with the information and tools they'll need to better understand and respond to the unique experiences and needs of Syrian refugee children.

Posted: 12/11/2015 - 15:52

Registered charities declaring eligible donations must complete the Syria Emergency Relief Fund Declaration Form (PDF; 191 KB)Footnote*, which must be received by Global Affairs Canada on or before January 15, 2016, for its donations to be counted toward the relief fund. More information can be found on the Global Affairs Canada site.

Posted: 12/11/2015 - 10:10

Beginning today, IKEA Canada is offering support for refugee families settling in Canada through donations of IKEA home furnishings. IKEA Canada will accept applications from registered charitable organizations from December 10th through March 31st, 2016, or until the project budget has been exhausted, through an online application form. Due to the expected interest in this program, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Posted: 12/10/2015 - 13:37

Many of the Syrian refugees who are coming to Canada will be children and youth with a range of physical, emotional and mental health needs. Caring for Kids New to Canada is a resource for the many health and social service professionals who will be helping to resettle Syrian families.

Posted: 12/09/2015 - 10:38