In the Field Newsletter Volume 109



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What Next

As we approach mid-summer, the attention of non-profit sector leadership is turning to plans for return to work come September. There is great uncertainty still, as new variants of the COVID-19 virus appear, first vaccination uptake seems to be stalled, and there is talk from various sources about a possible fourth wave that may lead to renewed lockdowns.

Read "What Next" »



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Responding To Hate in Hamilton

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) partnered with McMaster University on research to understand the needs of community members impacted by hate in Hamilton. Download the report to read the results from the focus group. HCCI is developing an independent online platform for reporting hate in Hamilton.

Visit the website to view the timeline and community survey for Hamilton residents »



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Personnes, pouvoir, impact : L'avenir de l'im/migration


La Conférence virtuelle de développement professionnel OCASI 2021. Plus d’informations sur la conférence seront bientôt disponibles. Questions? Veuillez contacter


People, Power, Impact: The Future of Im/migration


The 2021 Virtual OCASI Professional Development Conference. More information will be available soon. Questions? Please contact

OCASI Submissions On Labour Force Access And Economic Participation Access

OCASI made submissions to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee (OWRAC) and Ontario's Task Force on Women and the Economy. They were established by the Ontario government to provide recommendations respectively to shape the future of work in our province and remove barriers women face in the economy.

Read the OCASI submission to the Task Force »

Read the OCASI submission to OWRAC »

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Eviction Help: New Tenant-Lawyer Connection Portal (TLCP)

People facing evictions due to unpaid rents can now access a new online portal from the Ontario Bar Association. This free service helps prepare people for their court hearings by matching them with a lawyer for a half-hour consultation.

You can read more about this new portal on Settlement.Org »

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OCASI Client Management System (OCMS)

Are you looking for a client management system that works well for your agency? Try OCMS! Please watch the OCMS video or sign up for a webinar. We are proud of our work and our clients. To join our growing list of clients contact Elena Trapeznikova

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CCR Working Group Meetings - Hold The Date

Want to be part of efforts to promote rights for refugees? Participate in in-depth discussions on pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada? Share information and strategies with others from across Canada? The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Summer Virtual Working Group Meetings will be held on September 14-16, 2021. Registration information to come soon.

Visit the CCR website for updates »

Ten Steps To Address Systemic Racism In Policing

Systemic racial discrimination, along with anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, lie at the core of many of our institutions, and are perhaps most visible in our police and criminal justice systems. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) presents a Framework For Change with ten steps to address systemic racism in policing.

Read OHRC’s Ten Steps »

Family Reunification Wait Exceeds 3-Year Mark

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) calls on the Government of Canada to urgently reduce family reunification wait times. Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made the shocking admission that processing times for family members waiting to reunite with a refugee in Canada have now surpassed the three-year mark – 39 months.

Read The CCR Statement »

Consultation on EI Reform

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is holding consultations on modernizing the Employment Insurance (EI) program. Precariously employed workers and those with precarious immigration status are often excluded from EI. Participate in the consultations through an online survey or by sending a written submission to

Read the Backgrounder »

Read about the consultation »

A New Covid-19 Variant: The 'Pandemic Benefit Confiscation Variant'

Unlike new and more infectious variants of the Covid-19 virus, there is a new Covid-19 variant affecting pandemic benefits in Canada. It has been named the ‘pandemic benefit confiscation variant’. This variant causes a spike to latch onto the bank accounts, purses and wallets of unsuspecting pandemic response beneficiaries.

Read this informative and thoroughly entertaining Blog Post by John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario »

School Is A Time For Dreams

Every child in Canada has a right to quality education, but for First Nations children, this right is not always upheld. Many First Nations young people do not get the same opportunities to learn or to achieve their dreams as others do because of inequities in First Nations education.

Read more about how to support Shannen’s Dream »

COVID-19: State of the sector one year later

Read the results of a May 2021 sector-wide survey by Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) with l’Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (l’AFO) to gather critical data needed to help the sector build back from COVID-19. Nearly 3,000 nonprofits all around the province responded to the survey. Report was released in July 2021.

Read more about the survey »

Eviction Prevention - A ToolKit For Community Workers

This toolkit by Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) provides community workers with the tools and resources they need to help clients facing eviction to effectively navigate the process at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Access other CERA resources on their website and sign up for their newsletter at

Download the toolkit [PDF] »