March 29, 2016 – A new report concludes that all migrant workers should have access to settlement services and permanent residence. The report, “Migrant Workers: Precarious and Unsupported”, released today by Canada’s nine national, regional and provincial umbrellas of organizations serving newcomers, compiles the responses from 167 organizations on the needs and realities of migrant workers, by province and region..
Urban HEART stands for "Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool."
The Agency of the Future Project, which began life as a partnership between Pathways to Prosperity and OCASI, focuses on developing a new business model for settlement agencies, one that is better attuned to emerging opportunities and constraints, as well as the sector's comparative strengths.
08 May 2013/Toronto – OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is deeply concerned that the Statistics Canada Voluntary Household Survey released today does not capture the full reality of Canada's populations, such as racialized residents, and foreign-born individuals.
The Voluntary Household Survey notes that foreign-born residents were one-fifth, or 20.6% of the Canadian population in 2011. It notes that recent immigrants (2006-2011) represented 3.5% of the total population and 17.2% of the foreign-born population.
Erratum – Making Ontario Home - Francophone Access to English Language Training
On page 72 of the MOH report, under “Language training programs and services”, it is erroneously reported that a French-speaking focus group participant was unable to take federally-funded LINC English classes because he already spoke an official language.
MOH focus group participants who live with disabilities indicated that the single most important challenge for them is that settlement and integration services are not necessarily designed to serve their unique needs. Meanwhile, services for those with disabilities are not specifically geared to meet the needs of immigrants. For example, participants stated that LINC does not offer classes for the visually impaired, while Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) does not offer much in the way of training or materials to those who do not speak English or French.
After 16 years at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Secretariat for the Metropolis Project is announcing that it has moved to new premises at Carleton University in Ottawa. This move coincides with the end of the funding of the Metropolis Centres of Excellence in Canada and the completion of this phase of the Canadian Metropolis Project.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) will have a strong presence at the 14th National Metropolis Conference, to be held in Toronto on February 29 – March 3, 2012.