"I would like to commend Archbishop Hiltz for signing the Human Rights Day statement on refugee treatment. The primate joins other prominent Canadians who say that 'Canada can and must do better'. With seven dioceses holding refugee sponsorship agreements with the federal government, the Anglican Church of Canada has unique credibility on this issue". "As of Jan. 1, 2014, new rules now preclude low- and middle-income refugees from sponsoring parents or grandparents to come to Canada, even though these lower-income individuals could benefit most from familial supports such as free child care. The next expected change from Citizenship and Immigration Canada is a lowering of the age limit of a 'dependent child' from 21 to 18, meaning that a 19-year-old son or daughter could be the only family member left in a dangerous situation".
The writer is executive director of Citizens for Public Justice.