OCASI Executive Director Debbie Douglas appeared as a guest panelist on TVO's ‘The Agenda' hosted by Steve Paikin, on January 15, 2015. The show explored changes resulting from the introduction of the new Express Entry immigration system earlier this year, and what they mean for Canada and Ontario.
Debbie raised the important question of what checks and balances should be in place to prevent immigrant selection bias on the basis of race, ethnicity and gender. She observed that Canada's immigration program has been successful because of our focus on nation-building, not only meeting labour market needs. She also flagged the widespread concerns about the decline in family class immigration.
Other panelists were Jenna Hennebry – International Migration Research Centre, John Ibbitson – Globe and Mail, Josh Hjartarson – Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Sharaf Sultan – Employment and Workplace Immigration Lawyer.