Values and principles that guide our work with claimants, staff, volunteers, and supporters: Empathy, Compassion, Respect, Equality, Inclusion, Empowerment, Community, Dignity, Fairness, Security, Love, and Peace.
MCRS provides support in four main areas:
Support refugees through the refugee claim process
MCRS is often the first stop for refugee claimants in Canada. We provide immediate assistance in completing their claim forms and applications, help in finding legal counsel, aid in applying for work permits, and help in navigating through other complex immigration-related processes.
Provide settlement support for refugee claimants
A new country, language, climate and culture bring many challenges for families struggling to meet their basic needs. MCRS helps orientate refugee claimants in their new community while offering help in finding shelter, obtaining social assistance, accessing healthcare, and finding educational opportunities.
Build a community of support
Refugee claimants fleeing violence and oppression badly need a network of support, unfortunately many families fleeing their homeland have left everything behind. We help build a community of support for these families through activities and informal gatherings.
Educate and encourage community mobilization
The local community can play a powerful role in helping refugee claimants. Issues such as unfair legislation, legal barriers to families’ reunification, and unfair appeals are all significant obstacles facing refugee claimant families.
MCRS helps by raising awareness in the community, by participating in national events, and by educating for change at both the national and local levels.
To find out more about the ongoing work of MCRS click here to see our Annual Reports