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exclusion issue

Refugee law includes some situations where you will not be able to get refugee protection. This is called exclusion.
Your refugee claim will be excluded if the Minister believes one of the following exclusion issues apply to you:

you don’t need Canada’s protection because you have protection in another country
you don’t deserve protection because you may have committed a serious crime
you don’t deserve protection because you broke human rights laws or there are other security concerns

The term “Minister”

financial abuse

If you’re a temporary foreign worker in Canada, financial abuse means that your employer does things like:

not pay you when they’re supposed to
take your money
make you do something with your money or credit cards that you don’t want to do
charge you fees for to hire you or to find you other work

physical abuse

If you’re a temporary foreign worker in Canada, physical abuse means that your employer harms you, or causes you pain or physical injury. For example, your employer might:

hit, slap, punch, or burn you
lock you in a room and not let you out
force you to live in a dirty or unhealthy place
force you to work in unsafe conditions
force you to use drugs or alcohol

psychological abuse

If you’re a temporary foreign worker in Canada, psychological abuse means that your employer threatens you, insults you, or scares you so they get what they want. For example, your employer might:

threaten to have you deported
call you names

sexual abuse

If you’re a temporary foreign worker in Canada, sexual abuse means that your employer does things like:

force you, with or without a weapon, into sexual acts that you don’t want
use physical force or threaten you so you’ll have sex with them
force you to have sex with other people who you don’t want to have sex with
force you to have sex when you’re not able to give consent because of an illness or disability,

evidence

Evidence is used to prove that something is true or false. Evidence comes in different forms, such as photographs, information from witnesses, and documents like emails and rent receipts. A judge or tribunal member uses evidence to make a decision.

party

A party or parties are the people or organizations directly involved in a court case, contract, agreement, or other legal matter. For example, a party can be one person or a group of 2 or more people, a corporation, or a government organization like the Ministry of Labour.

declaration

A declaration is a written statement. The person making the statement must sign it. They must also promise that:

the statement is true,
there’s nothing misleading or false in it, and
they have not deliberately forgotten to include any important information.

Dispute Resolution Officers

Dispute Resolution Officers (DROs) are experienced family law lawyers trained to help people resolve their issues. Some locations of the Superior Court of Justice and Family Court Branch of the Superior Court of Justice have DROs.

long-term care home

In Ontario, long-term care homes are licensed places where adults live when they need:

access to nursing care and personal care that’s on site and available 24 hours a day
help with most or all daily activities, for example, eating, bathing, and using the toilet

They’re sometimes called nursing homes, charitable homes,

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