Position Papers & Backgrounders

OCASI Comments on Federal Budget 2014

The federal budget tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday February 11, 2014 cuts transfer payments to Ontario. The decrease (projected at $641m) will potentially negatively impact on Ontario’s ability to maintain commitments to social programs and services that benefit vulnerable and marginalized populations.

The following is OCASI’s preliminary comments on the federal budget, focused on areas that directly impact our sector (broadly defined):

OCASI Comments On Proposed Citizenship Changes

OCASI has prepared a preliminary analysis of Bill C-24, the Citizenship amendment Act tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday February 6, 2014. We will develop a fuller analysis as we continue to review the Bill and prepare for public comment opportunities through the Parliamentary Standing Committee later in the year.

The government has already doubled the citizenship application fees from $200 to $400. The change is already in effect and will remain so regardless of what happens to Bill C-24.

Déclaration d’OCASI sur la Charte des valeurs québécoises

Comme organisme engagé dans les droits des personnes et l'équité, OCASI- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants est profondément préoccupé par le fait que la Charte des valeurs québécoises proposée, va discriminer et marginaliser les femmes et les hommes appartenant aux groupes et communautés en quête d'équité.

OCASI Input on Canada's Immigrant Settlement Policy - December 2013

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.

Proposed immigration sponsorship changes will keep families apart

The changes to family sponsorship announced recently by the federal government will make it more difficult to sponsor children, and parents and grandparents and will ultimately keep Canadian immigrant families apart.

The proposed changes with respect to the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, and dependent children were announced on May 10 by Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney.

Ontario Budget 2013 has limited gains: OCASI Comments on Ontario Budget 2013

Ontario Budget 2013 tabled in the legislature on May 2, 2013 includes some benefits for immigrants and refugees. However, the continuing emphasis on austerity and balancing the budget will have an overall negative impact on these populations.

OCASI is deeply disappointed that the Budget fails to make equity-focused investments that would make a positive difference.

Overall Budget

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