Canadian Refugee Procedure/Glossary
Common acronyms used herein:
- BOC: Basis of Claim Form
- CBSA: Canada Border Services Agency
- CIC: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (the former name for IRCC)
- COI: Country of Origin Information.
- DCO: Designated Country of Origin
- IRCC: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- DFN: Designated Foreign National
- IRB: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
- IRPA: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- JG: Jurisprudential Guide
- NDP: National Documentation Package. These were previously referred to as Standardized Country Files.
- RAD: Refugee Appeal Division
- RPD: Refugee Protection Division
- IRCC: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- NDP: National Documentation Package
- PIF: Personal Information Form (Predecessor to the BOC)
- POE Claim: Port of Entry Claim
- PRRA: Pre-Removal Risk Assessment
- UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Alien: Non-nationals. Pursuant to section 91(25) of the Constitution Act, 1867, the federal Parliament has jurisdiction over "Naturalization and Aliens."
- Asylum seeker: individuals whose request for sanctuary has yet to be processed. Unlike in present day usage, the term asylum seeker was not used at the time of drafting leading up to the convention in 1951, when instead the dominant term of art was "refugee".
- Asylum: this has been described as "the protection which a State grants on its territory or in some other place under the control of certain of its organs, to a person who comes to seek it". While its exact content is often contested, the principle of asylum is generally considered to extend beyond protection from refoulement to encompass "admission to residence and lasting protection against the jurisdiction of another State". Goodwin-Gill states that “Although [no] international instrument defines ‘asylum’, it can be considered as the grant to a non-citizen of lasting protection in the territory of a State, the opportunity to make a life and a living, and the possibility to enjoy fundamental human rights and freedoms.” As Dieter Kugelmann writes in the Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law, “Asylum implies a long-term stay; accordingly, in most cases, the admission to residence and asylum guarantees the asylees a set of rights. The prohibition of refoulement on the other hand is linked to the time of the existing risk of persecution and only encompasses a minimum standard of State obligations.” As Plaut notes, the main obligation Canada owes Convention refugees in its territory is one of non-refoulement and that the Refugee Convention does not give refugees a right to durable asylum, that is, residence in the territory of the party state offering them protection.
- Country of origin information (COI) is defined as "Information about the situation in a country that is relevant to the refugee determination process and obtained from publicly available sources that are viewed as, whenever possible, reliable and objective" in the Board's Policy on National Documentation Packages in Refugee Determination Proceedings.
- Diplomatic asylum is that provided to persons in s State’s legations, warships, military aircraft, and camps. Contrast with territorial asylum.
- Identity: for commentary on the meaning of the term "identity" as it is used in the IRPA and the RPD Rules, see: Canadian Refugee Procedure/Information and Documents to be Provided#"Identity" as the term is used in the Act and the Rules refers to personal/national identity.
- Inland office: Any office of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inside Canada.
- Jurisprudential Guide (JG) is defined as "A decision identified by the Chairperson as a JG pursuant to section 159(1)(h) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)" in the Board's Policy on National Documentation Packages in Refugee Determination Proceedings.
- Landed Immigrant: this is an old term that was used under the previous immigration Act and has been replaced by the term "permanent resident".
- Member: Decision maker on the RAD or RPD.
- National Documentation Package (NDP) is defined as "A selection of COI documents on a given country from which refugee claims originate, compiled by the RD based on information that is, whenever possible, accurate, balanced, and corroborated" in the Board's Policy on National Documentation Packages in Refugee Determination Proceedings.
- Non-refoulement is the legal principle banning expulsion and non-admittance of refugees at the border of States Parties where they would be returned to a country in which they face serious threats to their life or freedom. The word refoulement derives from the French verb refouler, which means to push back. Goodwin-Gill and McAdam state that the distinction between asylum and non-refoulement is that asylum relates to the admission of the foreigner to a state's territory, while the latter concerns a prohibition of expulsion or forcible return.
- Permanent resident: The right to live, work, study and remain in Canada under specific residency obligations.
- Resettlement relates to the overseas selection of refugees, and is oriented toward facilitating the movement of those chosen in advance.
- Territorial asylum is that provided in a state's territory. Contrast with diplomatic asylum.
- Interpretation refers to the oral transfer of meaning between languages. See, in contrast, translation.
- Translation refers to the written transfer of meaning between languages. See, in contrast, interpretation.
The Refugee Protection Division Rules themselves include a definitions section, which see: Canadian Refugee Procedure/Definitions. The Act also includes a definitions section, which see: Canadian Refugee Procedure/Definitions, objectives, and application of the IRPA#IRPA Section 2.
- Refugee Hearing Preparation: A Guide for Refugee Claimants, 2019, Page 1 <https://refugeeclaim.ca/wp-content/themes/refugeeclaim/library/guide/rhpg-vancouver-en.pdf>
- Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Policy on National Documentation Packages in Refugee Determination Proceedings, Effective date: June 5, 2019, <https://irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/legal-policy/policies/Pages/national-documentation-packages.aspx> (Accessed August 30, 2020).
- Legal Aid Ontario, Refugee Case Law Toolkit <https://www.legalaid.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/Refugee-Case-Law-toolkit-EN.pdf>, page 7 (Accessed January 25, 2020).
- See: Canadian Refugee Procedure/Definitions, objectives, and application of the IRPA#IRPA Section 2.
- Hassan,  F.C.J. No. 127 (F.C.A).
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, <https://www.unhcr.org/en- us/asylum-seekers.html> (Accessed May 9, 2020).
- Smieszek M. (2021) The Conflicted Making of International Refugee Law. In: The Evolving Psyche of Law in Europe. Springer, Cham. https://doi-org.peacepalace.idm.oclc.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74413-7_4 at footnote 4.
- Kay Hailbronner and Jana Gogolin, ‘Asylum, Territorial’, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (2013), para 1.
- Tamara Wood, The 1969 OAU Convention in Africa, in Satvinder S. Juss, Research Handbook on International Refugee Law, 2019. Edward Elgar Publishing: Northampton, Massachusetts, page 22.
- Guy Goodwin-Gil, Declaration on Territorial Asylum, July 2012 Introductory Note, <https://legal.un.org/avl/ha/dta/dta.html> (Accessed August 4, 2021].
- Dieter Kugelmann, Refugees, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, March 2010.
- W. Gunther Plaut, Refugee determination in Canada: A report to the Honourable Flora MacDonald, Minister of Employment and Immigration, April 1985, Government of Canada publication, page 88.
- Advisory Opinion OC-25/18, as cited in Esraa Adnan Fangary, A Peculiar Leap in the Protection of Asylum Seekers: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights' Jurisprudence on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, The Age of Human Rights Journal, 16 (June 2021) pp. 31-53 ISSN: 2340-9592 DOI: 10.17561/tahrj.v16.6134 at page 35.
- Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Claimant's Guide (Print version), Version 5 - 2018 <https://irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/refugee-claims/Pages/ClaDemGuide.aspx> (Accessed January 25, 2020).
- Woo v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2007 CanLII 69120 (CA IRB), par. 2, <http://canlii.ca/t/20z95#2>, retrieved on 2020-02-05.
- Atle Grahl-Madsen, Commentary on the Refugee Convention 1951, Articles 2–11 (Division of International Protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 1997), 13–37.
- UN General Assembly, Convention relative au statut des réfugiés, 28 July 1951, available at: https://www.refworld.org/docid/48abd59af.html [accessed 21 December 2020].
- Fiorenza Mariani, The Refugee Child in International Law: Child-Specific Challenges in the Refugee Status Determination Process, Master's Thesis, LUISS Guido Carli, <http://tesi.luiss.it/29613/1/639172_MARIANI_FIORENZA.pdf> (Accessed June 5, 2021), page 43.
- GOODWIN-GILL, G.S. AND MCADAM, J. (2018). The refugee in international law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, at p. 202, as cited in Esraa Adnan Fangary, A Peculiar Leap in the Protection of Asylum Seekers: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights' Jurisprudence on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, The Age of Human Rights Journal, 16 (June 2021) pp. 31-53 ISSN: 2340-9592 DOI: 10.17561/tahrj.v16.6134 at page 40.
- Prof. Audrey Macklin & Mr Joshua Blum, Country Fiche: Canada, ASILE, January 2021, <https://www.asileproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Country-Fiche_CANADA_Final_Pub.pdf> (Accessed April 2, 2021), page 3.
- Tess Acton, Understanding Refugee Stories: Lawyers, Interpreters, and Refugee Claims in Canada, 2015, Master of Laws Thesis, <https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/bitstream/handle/1828/6213/Acton_Tess_LLM_2015.pdf>, page 39 (Accessed January 23, 2020).