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Executive Director’s Forum

The OCASI Executive Director's Forum (ED Forum) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Toronto at the Westin Prince Hotel.  At this year's Forum, you will have an opportunity to meet and get to know keynote speaker Honourable Michael Coteau, MPP, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. We invite you to join the more than 200 sector leaders, funders and government representatives to dialogue on priorities and issues of concern, and devise strategies to address current and emerging trends.


New Report on Immigrant Entrepreneurship

North York Community House (NYCH) has released a new report titled DIY: Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Doing it for Themselves.  Results of this study show that more immigrants to Toronto are starting their own small businesses for many reasons, including as a response to an unfavourable job market, to supplement a low-income, and to work flexibly according to their own schedule.

System for Benchmarking Organizations' Best Practices

Developed by OCASI; OrgWise - Organizational Standards is an online system that benchmarks best practices and builds organizational capacity within the immigrant and refugee-serving sector in Ontario. OrgWise starts with a voluntary self-assessment that measures the health of organizations then links users to the hub of accessible capacity building resources and training.  The OrgWise self-assessment tool is a first step to good risk management practices and a means to champion activities, address organizational development issues, and celebrate successes.

OCASI Offers FREE Positive Spaces Training!

Designed with organizational capacity-building in mind, OCASI's facilitator-led workshops train staff and managers to create Positive Spaces within their organizations, and to work respectfully and effectively with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, and/or questioning) newcomers and refugees. Each workshop is four hours long, for a total of 16 hours of training, and can be offered anywhere in Ontario.

Moving the Rights Yardstick

On July 15, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched its new policy Removing Canadian Experience as a Barrier to Employment. The policy aims to clarify the existing code grounds where discrimination is prohibited in employment. The Commission boldly states in the policy that requiring Canadian experience as a condition of employment is discriminatory on its face and the onus is on employers to prove that there is a legitimate and necessary reason for such a requirement. This is significant.