In the Field Newsletter Volume 118



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The Time To Act Is Now

“Happy Mother’s Day to the moms separated by violent borders and imperialism”* was a tweet that crossed my screen early on Mother’s Day as I prepared to visit my own mother, ever thankful that my own separation from the woman who birthed me was a short three years, though as a child it felt like a lifetime. The tweet was from a feminist, anti-racist Black mother of a Black son whose community has experienced war, displacement and migration.
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Immigrant Women and Employment In The GTA

Immigrant women in the GTA face underemployment, wage gaps and underrepresentation in executive positions. “Bridging the Gap: Immigrant Women and Their Labour Market Integration in the Greater Toronto Area” by TRIEC explores stereotypes and prejudices of work culture that may hold immigrant women back in the labour market. The report draws in input from the women interviewed to offer recommendations.
Download the report here »



Election Issues By OCASI

OCASI calls on the next government to commit to a fair and equitable Ontario for everyone, where refugees, immigrants and migrants can thrive. Our #elxn2022 guide lists some of the major concerns for refugees, immigrants and migrants, and proposes solutions. Between now and election day, ask candidates what they will do to support these solutions.

Read and download the guide »

New BMRC Reports

“Future of the Ontario Settlement Sector: Learning from a global pandemic” is based on a survey of OCASI member agencies and released jointly by Building Migrant Resilience in Cities (BMRC)  and OCASI on May 5, 2022. The data reveal highly resilient settlement agencies that have adapted continuously to serve migrants despite the stress of a global pandemic.

Read the management survey report »

Read the frontline workers survey report »

Hold The Date!

We have exciting news. The OCASI Leaders’ Forum (previously the ‘Executive Directors’ Forum) is back this year, and will be held in-person in Toronto on October 26-28, 2022, together with the OCASI Annual General Meeting on October 26. We will bring you more information soon. You can view sessions from the 2020 ED Forum with OCASI on YouTube.

View the YouTube  playlist »

Lancement le 24 mai 2022 du cours national autodirigé ‘’Renforcer l’accès et l'équité pour les personnes im/migrantes et réfugiées en situation de handicap in/visible’’

Ce cours de 7 modules aide les intervenants du secteur des services aux im/migrants et aux réfugiés à mieux comprendre les obstacles auxquels font face les im/migrants et réfugiés francophones en situation de handicap in/visible vivant en contexte minoritaire, et à se familiariser avec la législation nationale et provinciale et les meilleures pratiques en matière d'accessibilité et d’inclusion.

Les places sont limitées enregistrez-vous ici »

Racial Equity: From Intention To Action

Did you miss OCASI’s new anti-racism webinar/conversation series for the immigrant and refugee-serving sector? Guest experts Afua Cooper, Amy Go and Nadiya Ali spoke on what we can do to challenge  anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism, Islmophobia and anti-Muslim hate and discrimination. View the recordings and read about the series.

Read about the series »

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Information à destination des ressortissants d’Ukraine arrivant au Canada

Cette page fournit de l'information à jour pour les Ukrainiens et celles et ceux qui souhaitent les soutenir en Ontario. Provient du site Web Etablissement.Org. »

Information for Ukraine Nationals Coming to Canada

This page has current information for Ukrainians and those looking to support them in Ontario. From Settlement.Org. »

Employment Equity Act Review

Remove the term “visible minority”, use the term “racialized people” as a designated group and remove citizenship status discrimination. These are some of the recommendations we made in a joint submission to the Federal Employment Equity Act Review Task Force. Read the joint submission by Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and OCASI.

Read more »

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Apply To Be An Ambassador

The | Réseau-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

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 us at »



Summer Working Group Meetings

Interested in joining efforts to promote refugee protection and resettlement, and the settlement of refugees and immigrants? Mark your calendars for upcoming Canadian Council for Refugees working group meetings to be held in Montreal on September 9-10, 2022. Discuss in depth pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants, and share information and strategies with others from across Canada.

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2022 Sondage sur l’état du secteur à but non lucratif de l’Ontario

L'Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), l'Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO) et leurs partenaires ont engagé Community Researchers pour évaluer l'impact de la COVID-19 sur le secteur des organismes à but non lucratif (OBNL) deux ans après le début de la pandémie. Le sondage sera disponible jusqu'au 31 mai 2022. 

Veuillez cliquer ici pour le sondage »

2022 Ontario Nonprofit Survey

As Ontario emerges from year two of the pandemic, nonprofits are also facing inflation, staffing crises and global uncertainties. As a sector, we need responsive and future-forward policy solutions and supports to bolster our organizations and the communities we serve. ONN is seeking data from all public benefit nonprofits in Ontario regardless of pandemic impacts. Survey closes May 31, 2022.

Take the survey »

Anti-Human Trafficking in Ontario

The Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development (MLTSD) has formed a Divisional Intelligence Unit as part of provincial Anti-Human Trafficking efforts.  The Unit is comprised of Health & Safety Inspectors, Employment Standards Officers, and a Senior Manager of the Unit. Read more for information on how to connect with the DIU if you have any information regarding labour exploitation.

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Our Health: Canada-Wide 2SLGBTQQIA+ Community Survey

Participate in a ground breaking national study to investigate the current state of health among 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in Canada. The data will be used to advocate for improved services and programs. The survey takes between 30-60 minutes, and you may be compensated up to $30 for your time.

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From the frontlines: An urgent agenda for decent work

COVID disproportionately impacted non-white racialized, migrant and low-wage workers. At the root of this disparity is precarious employment, which only worsened despite the recognition of just how essential the jobs of frontline workers are. Read the report from Workers Action Centre, released on March 1, 2022. Summary available in  Chinese, English, Punjabi, Somali and Tamil.

Read the report »

COVID-19 and racialized communities: Impacts on mental health

The Mental Health Commission of Canada partnered with Wellesley Institute to study the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and well-being of racialized working-age adults living in the Greater Toronto Area. 

Download the report »

The Toxic Culture of the RCMP

The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) has a new report on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, "The Toxic Culture of the RCMP: Misogyny, Racism, and Violence against Women in Canada’s National Police Force." The report finds shocking and growing evidence of systemic discrimination and violence against women by the RCMP, and calls for an immediate independent external review. 

Read the report »