Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns


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We are a grassroots volunteer-based community group dedicated to building and maintaining Waterloo Region as a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community for refugees and immigrants.

“Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.”

- Nadia Hashimi

World Refugee Day Awards of Distinction 2024

The World Refugee Day Awards recognize outstanding members of the local community with lived refugee experience and volunteers dedicated to working with refugees, who have contributed to making Waterloo Region a more inclusive community.

The Awards will be presented in June, 2024.

Community Coalition On Refugee and Immigrant Concerns is an active and engaged
volunteer-based community group in Waterloo Region.




Community Coalition On Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC) advocates for acceptance, justice, and better access to resources for refugees and immigrants.



We work to bring about positive change through education, advocacy, community outreach, and collaborative work with other community groups.



June 20th marks World Refugee Day, when the entire international community celebrates the stories, the perseverance, and the contributions of refugees.

World Refugee Day

Join Us To Celebrate World Refugee Day in Waterloo Region


World Refugee Day, annually on June 20th, recognizes the courage and strength of people forced to feel their homes.


World Refugee day is a chance to reflect on our community’s stories of journeys made.


In Waterloo Region, World Refugee Day shifted from a single event into a month-long community effort to celebrate our Region’s rich history of offering refuge to people fleeing their home countries. We invite you to join us in reflecting our annual theme, “Becoming Neighbours.”

“My experience with CCORIC opened me to a wider team of people and groups who work with refugees and immigrants. From politicians to pastors, imams to people with simply a community interest, we have kept the doors open to the strangers among us, and worked as teams with new people, until none of us are strangers. Beautiful!”

Jim B.

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June 2024
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