The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) continues to actively monitor developments related to COVID-19, and has been striving to both protect the health and well-being of its staff and those who appear before the Board, while continuing to ensure access to justice to the extent possible.
As a result of the evolving situation relating to COVID-19, including developments across the country as recently as this weekend, this is to advise that effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all in-person hearings and mediations, other than detention reviews, will be postponed until further notice. Postponed hearings and mediations will be rescheduled promptly. Further details, including operational practices offering flexibilities regarding the filing of new cases, will be shared COB Monday, March 16, 2020.
The IRB is committed to being as flexible as reasonably possible in assisting IRB members and staff as well as those who appear before the Board under these exceptional circumstances.