COVID-19

1. Contacting Sarah L. Boyd

While I am not regularly in the office during this time, you can always contact me by telephone, text, or email.

If we need to make an appointment, we will try to proceed over video-conference, but if that is not possible, I will make arrangements to see clients in person for urgent business.

2. Health Coverage

2.a) What do I do if my Ontario Health Card is expiring or has recently expired?

As of March 27, 2020, the Ontario government is extending the validity of expired or expiring health cards. Additional coverage is being extended by waiving the three-month waiting period, and by extending COVID-19-related care to uninsured persons.

2.b) What do I do if I don't have an Ontario Health Card or Interim Federal Health Coverage?

The Ontario government has extended health coverage to otherwise uninsured persons.

3. Immigration Case

3.a) If I made a refugee claim before the emergency measures, when is my Basis of Claim Form (BOC) due?

As of March 15, 2020, the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) has extended the deadline for all BOCs which would have been due on or between February 15 and April 15, 2020 to May 30, 2020. Because May 30 is a Saturday, this means the BOCs will need to be submitted on or before April 1, 2020.

3.b) If I have a refugee or other immigration hearing scheduled, is it going to happen?

On March 20, 2020, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has announced that all hearings except for detention reviews "until at least Monday, May 4th." Any hearings scheduled for late March, any time in April, or May 1, have been postponed. Any hearings scheduled for on or after May 4 are currently expected to go ahead.

However, if you have a hearing scheduled in May, the disclosure will be due in April.

4. Other Resources

A good summary of programs and entitlements for people without permanent status in Canada has been posted by the organization No One Is Illegal (archived)