Paralegal Specialist Course: Refugee Protection under Canadian Immigration Law (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

Live Online

Part Time: February 11, 2021 – May 06, 2021

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This course is a comprehensive review of the protection of refugees under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act( IRPA). Commencing with an overview of refugee protection under the IRPA, the course will examine the concepts of convention refugees, persons in need of protection, burdens and standards of proof and other concepts of importance to this area of immigration law.

Course Prerequisites

None. However, it is recommended to have three years of relevant work experience as a paralegal or legal assistant. 

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to understand:

  • The concepts of refugee protection, convention refugees, persons in need of protection and pre-removal risk assessment
  • The rules and procedures relating to the granting of refugee protection, grounds for persecution, risk of torture, designated countries of origin, decisions on claims, exclusions, extradition and appeals to the refugee appeal division

Who Will Benefit From The Course

This course provides additional and supplemental training for those already in careers as a paralegal or legal assistant.


Live Online

Part Time:

  • February 11, 2021 – May 06, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

None required. Optional resources may be selected by the instructor.


The registration fee for this course is $495.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. Students should have access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class sessions. To be able to participate in webinars, students need a webcam and headset or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection.

This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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