OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants as well as other sector umbrella organizations across Canada were given the opportunity to provide a written submission to CIC NHQ with further input and suggestions on Canada's settlement policy following the conclusion of the National Settlement Conference Vision 2020.
Canada has a strong tradition of facilitating the settlement and integration of newcomers. It is a tradition that is defined by the federal government's enduring role in settlement and integration services, and depends to a large extent on the efforts of the non-profit and community-based immigrant and refugee-serving sector.
The National Settlement Conference has provided us with the opportunity to recognize what we do well, and build on these accomplishments as we continue to adapt to changes in immigrant selection and the national settlement program.
The OCASI submission provides recommendations in seven (7) policy priorities in Ontario, and incorporates elements of OCASI's pre-conference briefing note to Ontario participants, and suggestions submitted by delegates after the conference.