Refugee Next Door Campaign

We Are All Canadians

Since the First Nations gave Toronto the name “a gathering place”, this city and region have been the destination of choice for generations of immigrants and refugees who come with their skills and dreams of making a better life for themselves
and their families.

Today, however, we are hearing more stories about threats to our society in the form of immigrants and refugees. As our airwaves fill will these stories aimed at painting them in a negative light, Labour Community Services believes it is important to take a look at refugees coming to Toronto today, and what their arrival means for our unions and communities.

Click the following link for the full Refugees Next Door campaign booklet.

Refugees in Canada: Facts and Myths Presentation (2021)

This presentation focuses on Refugees in Canada and separates facts from myths, building on the Refugee Next Door Campaign launched by Labour Community Services and Toronto & York Region Labour Council. Through highlighting facts, while dispelling myths about refugees and the refugee experience, we hope that everyone will find the presentation a useful tool in understanding and standing up for human rights.

Please note the facts in the video reflect information collected in 2021 and have since changed. We are in the process of updating the video, however you are still welcome to book a meeting with us to discuss the Refugee Next Door campaign. 

Book a Refugee Next Door presentation for your next union meeting or event by contacting Sharon Simpson at [email protected].

Downloadable Resources

Click here for the Refugee Next Door Campaign Toolkit

News and Actions

The Refugee Next Door Committee Dedicated to Advocacy during a Global Pandemic (February 8, 2022)

CALM 2022 Recipient of the Fighting Oppression Award (June 9, 2022)

Refugee Next Door Campaign: Our Call to Action (June 16, 2022)

Letter to MPs: Prioritization of Equal Treatment of Refugees in Canada (October 12, 2022)

Letter to MPs: Prioritization of Equal Treatment of Refugees in Canada - Updated (March 8, 2023)

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