OCASI acts as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies and coordinates responses to shared needs and concerns. Our policy work involves consulting with our members and the newcomers they serve.

We advocate for positive and accurate representation of immigrant and refugee issues in the media, in public debate and in political discourse.

OCASI promotes access and anti-discrimination in health, housing, youth, employment and other key areas.

We examine the impact that specific federal and provincial policies have on newcomers, including issues of access, social inclusion and discrimination.

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Integration & Settlement

Economic, political and social integration/inclusion of immigrants and refugees

Civic Engagement & Sector Capacity

Commentary on budgets, elections and inter-governmental relations

Legislation & Public Policies

Background, positions and recommendations related to legislation, regulations and policies affecting immigrants and refugees.