Representation for Immigrants and Refugee Claimants

Table 19: Refugee Claimants' Access to Representation
Respondent Group Number of Respondents Any Problem Accessing Representation for RPD Proceedings Any Problems Accessing Representation for CICPost-determination Proceedings
Yes No No Response Yes No No Response
Lawyer 26 13 10[47] 3 12 5 9
NGO 16 12 4 0 8[48] 2 6
Paralegals and Consultants 12 8 4 0 2 2 8
CIC 13 1[49] 7 5 0 6 6
IRB 17 3 5 9 0 1 31
Total   35 42 21 22 16 60

  • [47] Five of these respondents indicated that low legal aid tariffs are creating access problems, since many lawyers are unwilling to represent legal aid clients.
  • [48] One respondent indicated access problems for PDRCC only, and another respondent indicated problems only for H&C appeals.
  • [49] This respondent from the CIC regional office in Halifax indicated that claimants have problems accessing representation in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, where immigration and refugee matters are not covered by legal aid, but they do not have problems in Newfoundland where legal aid coverage is available.
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