Monitoring detention centres

Canadian Red Cross endeavours to visit detention centres it has access to four times a year to make an assessment based on Canadian and international standards. During visits to detention centres, the Canadian Red Cross takes a system wide approach focussing on:
  • the treatment of detainees (by staff or other detainees);
  • conditions of detention;
  • ability for detainees to contact and maintain contact with family members; and
  • legal safeguards.
The Canadian Red Cross monitors compliance with national and international standards. These include:
  • Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • UN Refugee Convention
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • UNHCR Detention Guidelines
  • The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
  • National Standards & Monitoring Plan for the Regulation & Operation of CBSA Detention Centres
  • UN Convention Against Torture
Red Cross monitoring activities would not preclude or replace those of a public ombudsman with legal jurisdiction over immigration detention facilities in Canada.