Government takes action, appeals STCA ruling
Posted on Aug 24, 2020

In a statement issued on 21 Aug 2020, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced that the Government of Canada had filed an appeal of the Federal Court of Canada decision in the case of Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), related to the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA).

This is in response to a Federal Court Judge ruling in favour of the applicants in that case, but its declaration was suspended for a period of 6 months. FrontLine strongly advocated the need for an appeal of this inappropriate ruling and put more emphasis on the protection of Canadians.

For more details on the case and why it needed to be appealed, read Scott Newark's explanation.


“The Court […] has suspended its declaration of the invalidity of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) for a period of 6 months, during which time the STCA will remain in effect.

“Today, the Government of Canada filed an appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal as it has assessed that there are factual and legal errors in some of the Federal Court’s key findings. There are important legal principles to be determined in this case, and it is the responsibility of the Government of Canada to appeal to ensure clarity on the legal framework governing asylum law.

“Canada has a long and proud tradition of providing protection to those who need it most by offering refuge to the world’s most vulnerable people, and the Government of Canada remains firmly committed to upholding a compassionate, fair and orderly refugee protection system. The STCA remains a comprehensive vehicle to help accomplish that, based on the principle that people should claim asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive. Canada continues to engage actively with the United States on the STCA, ensuring that the agreement reflects our commitment with respect to our international obligations, while continuously cooperating on how we manage our shared border.”