The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world, and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. Its membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship, and protection of refugees and immigrants. The CCR serves the networking, information-exchange, and advocacy needs of its membership.
Visit the CCR website for more information.
2015 Award Recipient: ORAT - Office of Refugees, Archidiocese of Toronto
Over the past 35 years, hundred of thousands of refugees from around the world have been able to find a haven in Canada thanks to civic sponsors. Individuals within communities can help bring refugees to Canada through a group of five, a community organization, or a sponsorship agreement holder. ORAT, the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto, provides advice, support, and assistance for those wanting to initiate sponsorship/resettlement. Additionally, ORAT works with parishes, religious orders, and Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese, enabling them to participate in this rewarding program.
Visit the ORAT website for more information.
2014 Award Recipient: WCNI - Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
"I need to do something to help my fellow immigrants" - Salim M. Sindhu, co-founder of the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
Being an immigrant himself, Mr. Sindhu sought to create a unique community where newcomers can develop the skills needed to find their rightful place in Canadian society.
With its humble beginnings in 1988, the WCIS has grown to include 90 dedicated staff and 150 volunteers who provide a "one-stop-shop" for new immigrants and economically-challenged individuals. It is a non-profit charity devoted to offering free and lost-cost alternatives to expensive settlement programming.
Visit the WCIS website for more information.
2013 Award Recipient: LEGIT- Canadian Immigration for Same-sex Parteners
As a grassroots lobbying and support group, LEGIT provides immigration information and support to queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons, working to end discrimination in Canada's immigration regulations. The group has successfully helped thousands of couples in cross-border relationships gain permanent residence in Canada. Since 1991, LEGIT has lobbied for changes to immigration processes, policies, and law. After a decade of lobbying Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to end discrimination against families, same-sex partners were officially recognized as part of the Family Class on June 28th, 2002. While LEGIT celebrates this positive change, much work remains to ensure that the immigration process is, in practice, equal and accessible.
Visit the LEGIT’S website for more information.
1. Award Background
Initiated in 2013, this award recognizes an individual or organization that strives to change the immigration system for the better.
Ivor Carvalho, an active CAPIC Member since its founding, was fully involved in lobbying activities. He was also a CAPIC Ontario Chapter Executive and regularly contributed to national activities. He was dedicated to eradicating socio-economic barriers for new immigrants, ensuring that they enjoyed the same rights as other Canadians. An eloquent writer, dedicated activist, and the very epitome of Canadian values, his life was tragically cut short on the eve of CAPIC’s 2012 NEC (now the NCIC) in Montréal.
2. The Nomination & Selection Process
CAPIC issues the Ivor Carvalho Award at the annual NCIC. The nomination process is opened four to six months prior to the conference date. The CAPIC Past President Council is the body responsible for reviewing nominations, ensuring that qualifications are met, and making a recommendation for the most appropriate candidate to the Board.
The Past President’s Council may choose not to issue the Award when appropriate.
3. The Selection Criteria
The Award shall be issued to organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to immigration advocacy and/or new immigrant assistance.
The selection criteria is as follows:
Please fill out the following Ivor Carvalho nomination form and return it to CAPIC by mail, email, or fax.