Canadian Sanctuary Network


Welcome to the Canadian sanctuary network: a voluntary network which advocates fair treatment for refugee claimants and, where possible, seeks remedies for refugee claimants who have been mistakenly rejected.

Dedicated to continue Canada's best traditions of "welcoming the stranger".

new and featured

  • [Toronto, February 8, 2016] A major injustice was redressed this past week by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum in his decision to issue a two-year multiple entry Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) to the Pusuma family from Hungary who were deported in December 2014, and to approve them for permanent status once they get here.  Read the full story here.
  • A Most Remarkable Outreach to Refugees:Video of the 9 June 2015 meeting with Hanns Thomae and Rita Kantemir-Thomae, about the sanctuary movement in Germany: see events page for the YouTube link.
  • Voices for Sanctuary (12 min) offers a view of the human elements of sanctuary: the shared experience of offering and receiving safe shelter. The film explores the associated highs and lows, joys and challenges of sanctuary, as well as the history and inspiration behind the Canadian Sanctuary Network. It is intended to raise awareness and to serve as a resource for faith communities interested in the practice. See it in our Videos section.
  • tools for action: an introductory resource pack for congregations
  • the legal implications of offering sanctuary: a statement from the Canadian Sanctuary Network (revised  30 May 2014)
  • guidelines for church groups and congregations considering sanctuary

Canadian Sanctuary Network, 187 Browning Ave, Toronto ON M4K 1W7
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