In May 2012, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, METRAC, and LEAF presented a written submission on Bill C-31: The Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Immigration.

The submission argued that Bill C-31 contained provisions that would result in the arbitrary detention, intimidation, failure to protect, and ultimate re-victimization of highly vulnerable people seeking asylum in Canada – people who were also positioned to ultimately contribute significantly to Canada once settled. The Schlifer Clinic, METRAC, and LEAF were particularly concerned about the impact of Bill C-31 on women survivors of violence, and children.

The three organizations’ main concerns included that Bill C-31 would:

Read the press release announcing our submission here.

Download the submission, available in English and French, below.