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e-1554 (Refugees)

Initiated by Joan Wenman from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Many citizen sponsors, in line with Canadian citizenship values, responded to the federal government's call in 2015-2016 for Syrian refugees to come to Canada;
  • Many private sponsorship groups raised money, undertook training, secured housing, and prepared to welcome refugee families and individuals;
  • Many of those groups welcomed and received families and individuals whom they had agreed to sponsor through an expedited process;
  • Because of subsequent cuts in federal government support of visa staff, some of those private sponsorship groups are still waiting for refugee families and individuals; and
  • Experience shows that private sponsorship is a proven way of integrating refugees, of involving community members, and of engaging financial resources that are community raised.
We, the undersigned, Victoria Advocates for Refugees, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to
1) Eliminate the backlog of private sponsorship applications by the end of 2018;
2) Commit to accept at least 20,000 new UN Convention refugees for each of the next five years;
3) Lift annual, numerical caps on refugee acceptance through particular visa offices around the globe; and
4) Accept the principle of "additionality" for private sponsorships such that IRCC gives approval whenever refugees deemed admissible are linked to sponsorship groups with capacity and resources to settle them.
Government response tabled on October 18, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-2-14)
Open for signature
March 26, 2018, at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 24, 2018, at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
September 17, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02584)
Government response tabled
October 18, 2018
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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