The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time for us here at STAND Canada. With our chapter members preparing to head back to their campuses to engage and energize the community for another campaign cycle, STAND’s national team has been hard at work all summer developing our newest initiative. This August 25th… Read More
STAND Canada runs various campaigns related to anti-genocide advocacy and education throughout the year. Learn more about our active campaigns below, or view our past campaigns here.
Did you know that Canada is the only country charging interest on refugee loans? The Canadian Government’s Immigration Loan Program (ILP) / Refugee Transportation Loan Program (RTL) is out of date and reduces the integrity of Canada’s commitment to assisting refugees.
As a national, youth-led advocacy organization working to make ending and preventing genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy, STAND Canada has launched a national, youth-led campaign to #ReformILP and #LiftTheBurden on refugees entering Canada.
The first phase of the campaign began on August 25, 2016 and will run until the end of October. Check out our campaign handbook for more information and helpful links.
What is the Immigration / Refugee Transportation Loan Program? Fact Sheet
Background and policy analysis
What are STAND’s policy recommendations for ILP Reform?
Many facts about ILP are shocking to Canadians. Take a picture with a fact that shocks you the most and post it on your social media channel with one or more of the hashtags for our campaign: #WhyDoRefugeesPay, #ReformILP, #LiftTheBurden.
Download the signs here (coming soon) or make your own! If you are a student on one of our campuses, get in touch with your chapter and take pictures together.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to follow the campaign and share our infographics about ILP and refugees in Canada.
You can get involved in three ways:
Volunteer with STAND Canada as a member of our advocacy team to participate in and assist with MP meetings, in addition to other advocacy opportunities. Learn more about joining the team. Apply here!
Whether you are on a campus with a STAND Chapter or not, STAND will help you assemble an advocacy team and coordinate with your National counterpart to maximize MP engagement. Chapter Advocacy Teams work as satellites for the National team and focus on local outreach and other initiatives according to their capabilities.
If you want to join or form a Chapter Advocacy Team, contact the Chapters Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not a STAND volunteer or a student on campus, you can still reach out to your local MP and encourage others to do the same! STAND will help you set up meetings, prepare for the meetings, attend with you (availability and location-permitting), and help you follow up. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with your MP, or are already at a stage of this process, please fill out this form.
Some examples of potential speakers are (in no particular order):
If you have an idea for an interesting podcast or a speaker in mind, please contact the Communications Team at email@example.com.
We are currently working with students to start new chapters or revive old ones. Contact the Chapters Team for more information on current chapters or starting a chapter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have questions about the campaign, please email us at email@example.com or contact us on social media. Let’s work together to #ReformILP!
Other non-profit and advocacy organizations should contact Priya Ramesh directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.