Position Papers & Backgrounders
May 5, 2022 / Toronto — Thursday June 2, 2022 is election day in Ontario.
OCASI calls on the next government to commit to a fair and equitable Ontario for everyone, where refugees, immigrants and migrants can thrive.
This brief guide lists the main concerns for refugees, immigrants and migrants and proposes solutions. Between now and election day, ask candidates what they will do to support these solutions.
Are you on social media? Share our solutions or ask questions of candidates — #elxn2022.
Toronto / April 21, 2021
The 2021 federal Budget tabled on April 19, 2021, recognizes that immigration is vital to Canada’s economic growth and looks ahead to prepare for an anticipated increase in post-pandemic immigrant arrivals.
Toronto / April 16, 2021
On April 14, 2021 Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino announced a temporary public policy that would provide new pathways to permanent residency for essential workers and international graduates.
COVID-19 Recovery and Reconstruction
Proposals and recommendations from OCASI and other civil society organizations:
Reconstruction and Reset: A Plan for Canada
By Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change. September 2020
A solidarity statement by OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Toronto / June 2, 2020 – We are in solidarity with Black Communities in Canada and across North America amidst the pain and rage we feel at the taking of another Black life - again. We mourn Regis Korchiniski-Paquet who died last week in Toronto.
We mourn George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – brutally killed in the United States, victims of anti-Black racism and White supremacy.
October 10, 2019
What we want
We want policies and services that support immigrants and refugees so they can thrive as members of our communities.
This must include a meaningful discussion about the reality of structural racism in Canada. It robs newcomers and our communities of the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let’s face divisions head on and focus on strategies that we know work to foster greater equality, unity, individual and community wellbeing, and shared prosperity. We can do better.
On October 21, 2019 Canada will hold a general election that will determine the next government of Canada.
A vibrant democracy must include all voices. If you can vote in these elections, vote! If you cannot vote, become involved by asking your candidates where they stand on the issues that matter most to you.