September 23–25, 2010

University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Flavelle House, 78 Queen's Park

In Canada, as in many other parts of the world, an individual’s immigration status may play a significant role in determining how various rights, benefits and obligations are allocated.  This is true for the allocation of various social benefit programs, employment opportunities, and legal and democratic rights.  The principal aim of this conference is to explore the consequences of the differential access to rights, benefits and obligations on the basis of immigration status, and provide a framework to assist in analyzing how these distinctions should be made.

The conference will address topics including:

  • The meaning of “citizenship”
  • Voting rights for permanent residents
  • Access to health care for different categories of immigrants
  • Immigration status as a proxy for race
  • Rights for temporary foreign workers
  • Immigration policy in a national security era
  • Canada’s international obligations to refugees

Sponsored by the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).

See the CCLA website for more information and registration.