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People who apply for Canadian citizenship have to meet language requirements and, in most cases, pass a test that demonstrates knowledge of Canada. Some people may not be able to meet these requirements due to disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, or low literacy. This resource explains how ESL teachers can help these people, for example, by telling them about their rights and referring them for legal help.
This resource offers basic information about what being charged with a crime in Canada can mean for a person’s immigration status. It explains what a removal order does and what can be done to protect one’s status and stay in Canada.
This resource offers basic information about sponsoring family members who are outside Canada to come and live here as permanent residents. It includes sections on who can be sponsored, the sponsor’s responsibilities, what can happen if sponsors cannot support the people they sponsored, and where to get help in many languages.
(French only) A tool for advocates or parents to use when children are denied admission to school, and points out a child's legal right to education using quotes from a variety of legal sources.
Many women are sponsored by a spouse or partner for permanent resident status. If they experience family violence, they may want to know whether they will be forced to leave Canada if they separate from their spouse or partner. This resource is for front-line workers and explains when separation may place a woman’s status in Canada at risk. It talks about when and how to refer a woman for legal help and what kind of evidence may be useful for a woman who wants to stay in Canada but does not yet have permanent resident status or whose status is "conditional".
This information is for community advocates. It explains the law and suggests ways to help parents without status get their children registered at school.
This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains some of the differences between making a refugee claim and making an application on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.
This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains what a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application is, what Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) considers in deciding an H&C application, what kind of evidence is needed to support an application, and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.
People with mental illness come into conflict with the law in disproportionate numbers. If they are not Canadian citizens, this can put them at risk of being removed from Canada. This publication is a resource for front-line workers helping clients with mental illness who may be at risk of removal because of their involvement with the criminal justice system.
Disclaimer: This site contains general legal information for people in Ontario, Canada. It is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem.