In the Field Newsletter Volume 111



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Back To The Future (sounds like a movie - oh wait, it is!)

We can exhale as a sector now that the federal election is behind us and we have at least a month or two before we turn our attention to the scheduled Ontario provincial election in June 2022 and the Ontario Municipal elections in October 2022. I have been asked over the past couple of weeks since the election what I’m hoping to see out of this new Parliament. There is much but the priorities are as follows:

Read Debbie’s October Blog »



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Young Women Lead In Windsor

Empowered Diverse Group for Education & Employment (EDGE) is a project by Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. EDGE gives young women in Windsor-Essex the chance to build their leadership skills, gain volunteer experience, develop employment skills and learn about Windsor-Essex County.

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OCASI's 43rd Annual General Meeting / La 43e assemblée générale annuelle d’OCASI

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guest Speaker - Hon. Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. You are invited to our virtual AGM. Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Vous êtes invité(e)s à notre AGA virtuelle. Mardi 19 octobre 2021 14h 00 - 16h 00. Conférencier invité: L'hon. Parm Gill, Ministre des Affaires civiques et du Multiculturalisme.

Register / S'inscrire »


Registration is now open!

Have you registered for the OCASI 2021 Professional Development Conference? Don’t miss our opening Keynote speaker Senator Kim Pate, a nationally renowned advocate for the rights of people who are criminalized. Conference dates: October 21-22. Register: »

Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes!

Vous êtes inscrit.e à la conférence sur le Développement professionnel de 2021 d'OCASI ? Ne manquez pas notre conférencière d'ouverture La sénatrice Kim Pate, défenseuse de renommée nationale des droits des personnes criminalisées. Dates de la conférence : 21-22 octobre. Inscrivez-vous : »

Building a Blueprint to address GBV

Registration is open for our 2nd Annual Conference Building a Blueprint to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against non-status, refugee and immigrant (NSRI) women across Canada. We invite NSRI women, service providers & organizational leaders to exchange promising practices and plan for an intersectional “she-covery” in our communities. November 25 & 26 11 AM - 4:30 PM EST.

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Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers

We are happy to announce that our Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) Level 1 online course, Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers has re-opened for Fall registration. The registration will remain open until October 25th. Don’t miss this chance to build skills and increase knowledge. Register today!

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Apply To Be An Ambassador

Theéseau-É team is looking for enthusiastic ambassadors to help us reach and engage more individuals in the sector by promoting the platform by posting on social media, presenting at conferences, creating content, etc. This is a highly flexible opportunity with training, support, and promotional kit provided. Email for more details and to apply

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Power At Your Fingertips

Need to streamline client information for your agency? Generate reports quickly and easily? Meet last-minute funder changes in reporting? Discover how by watching the OCMS video or sign up for a webinar. OCASI Client Management System was developed by the sector for the sector, and is exclusively user-fee supported. Contact Elena Trapeznikova



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CCR Fall Consultation

Canadian Council for Refugees Fall 2021 Consultation will take place on-line 29 November - 3 December on the theme of Welcoming newcomers with open borders.

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Changes to ODSP Forms

Ontario recently changed all the forms in the Disability Determination Package for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) applicants. But the legal test that decides whether a person is eligible for ODSP has not changed. Community Legal Education Ontario has a detailed update on the changes to help community workers support their clients' ODSP applications.

Read more about changes to ODSP »

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COVID-19 Awareness Tool Kit

The Public Health Agency of Canada has updated the COVID-19 Awareness Tool Kit. It includes videos, fact sheets, social media shareables and other resources to provide information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. A number of the resources are available in multiple languages.

Find the Bilingual Tool Kit »

La trousse à outils de sensibilisation à la COVID-19

L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada a mis à jour la trousse à outils de sensibilisation à la COVID-19. Elle comprend des vidéos, des fiches d’information, des ressources partageables dans les médias sociaux et d’autres ressources pour fournir de l’information sur les vaccins contre la COVID-19 et la COVID-19, et un certain nombre de ressources sont disponibles en plusieurs langues.

Trouver la trousse d’outils bilingue »



Metcalf Opportunities Fund

Submit a letter of interest to the Metcalf Foundation Inclusive Local Economies program, meant to support development of long-term strategies to create sustainable economic opportunities and generate wealth for low-income people and communities in Toronto. Deadline - November 18, 2021, 2:00pm. Information webinar - October 15, 2021 at 10:00 am ET.

Read more and register for the webinar  »

WES Mariam Assefa Fund

WES Mariam Assefa fund is looking to fund organizations collaborating directly with employers to advance ideas that foster more inclusive practices in the workplace and within sectors, ultimately improving economic mobility for immigrant and refugee workers. Submit a Letter of Interest by November 15, 2021.


Skills Development Fund

Apply to the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities Skills Development Fund. Applications are accepted for projects that can help people and businesses make it through the pandemic successfully. Proposals are accepted until March 31, 2022, or until all funds are allocated.


2021 Settlement and Language Training

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) released a Call for Proposals for the delivery of enhanced settlement and language training services for a five-year period effective April 2022. Interested in applying? Attend an information session to get information and ask any questions. Applications are due by October 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.




Toronto Vital Signs 2021 Report

The Toronto Foundation 18th Toronto’s Vital Signs report analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on Toronto’s quality of life. The report focuses on the experience of marginalized populations in the city and the community organizations that support them.

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Basic Income, Gender & Disability

New from Women’s Legal Education Fund (LEAF), this report informs current thinking about the potential of a basic income program to contribute to the full and effective participation and inclusion in society of disabled women and gender-diverse disabled people.

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Basic Income & The Care Economy

New from Women’s Legal Education Fund (LEAF), this report examines whether a basic income program should be included in a feminist advocacy strategy for change in the case economy. The report is a companion to Basic Income, Gender & Disability report and contributes to LEAF’s Basic Income Project.

Download the report »