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Useful Links

This listing of resources, especially those pertaining to country source documents, are not meant to be an exhaustive list. They are meant to offer some general guidance on useful and relevant resources, so that you can determine what avenue may be best for you, what will be involved in the application you choose, how your application will be assessed, what sorts of information and laws are relevant for your case, and what sorts of details you should provide your counsel (or include in your application). It is hoped that this listing of resources will help empower you, in what can seem like an overwhelming process. You should however, confer with your lawyer or legal representative before acting on the information provided therein.

Government Departments and International Organizations:
•    Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
•    Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
•    Ontario Human Rights Commission
•    Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)
•    Human Rights Legal Support Centre
•    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada
•    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)

Courts and Tribunals:
•    Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
•    Immigration Appeals Division (IAD)
•    Refugee Appeals Division (RAD)
•    Ontario Human Rights Tribunal
•    Federal Court of Canada
•    Federal Court of Appeal
•    Supreme Court of Canada
•    Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
•    United Nations Human Rights Council

Legal Resources:
•    Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
•    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
•    1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol
•    Immigration Manuals

Popular Country Report Resources:
•    RefWorld Database - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
•    Immigration and Refugee Board’s National Documentation Packages
•    CIA World Factbook
•    US Department of State Reports (DOS)
•    US Religious Freedoms Reports
•    UK Home Office Reports
•    Human Rights Watch Reports
•    Amnesty International Reports
•    Freedom House Reports
•    International Crisis Group
•    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
•    Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
•    International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute