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What's New

The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) are delighted to announce the launch of a new online training tool for refugee support workers and others who assist refugee claimants in preparing for their hearing.

The new Hearing Preparation Training includes a series of instructional and case study videos, along with a suite of supporting written resources. It will help trainees understand the basics of a refugee claim, what evidence can support a claim, how to support gathering and submission of evidence, and what happens at the refugee hearing. These resources can be used independently or in conjunction with other training curricula.

Please visit to learn more and to take this training!

Background: The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) was funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario to produce access to justice resources for the refugee support community following 2012 legislative changes to Canada's asylum system. In 2013, the UORAP produced written materials and developed a full-day training curriculum to equip refugee support workers to assist claimants as they gathered and submitted evidence for their claims on new, tight timelines. In 2013-14, 12 expert UORAP trainers delivered that curriculum to over 300 community workers across Canada.

This training and its supporting resources benefit from the expert input of over 15 expert refugee lawyers from across Canada, multiple community consultations, and feedback from hundreds of UORAP trainees. Special thanks goes to Productions Cazabon, our volunteer actors, and exceptional crew for making this video adaptation possible!

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These resources were generously funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

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