Welcome to the Canadian Sanctuary Network: a voluntary network which advocates for the fair treatment for refugees. Where possible, we work with refugees and their supporters to seek remedies for those whose refugee claims have failed, and face removal to a country where they are at risk.

We are inspired by the ancient practice of Sanctuary which is grounded in the belief that:

  1. human life is sacred and worthy of protection.
  2. there are places and spaces that are beyond the reach of the state.

Canada has both a domestic and international legal obligation to protect refugees. The sanctuary movement believes in acts of “civil initiative” to hold Canada accountable to these obligations and to protect refugees from being unfairly treated in Canada. In doing so, we seek to uphold Canada’s legal obligations, rather than disobey them.

For inquiries, contact sanctuary4refugeescanada@gmail.com

The Canadian Sanctuary Network is a member and supporter of the Canada-US Border Network. This group is an informal network of organizations and individuals in Canada and the United States who support people seeking protection on both sides of the border. The network meets regularly to share information and to foster collaborations amongst network members. 

For Canada-US Border Network inquiries, contact: canadaus.bordernetwork@gmail.com