In the Field Newsletter Volume 119



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Forward Ever

I slept through it. TV on full blast at 3 am when I was awoken to hear CBC reporting what was by then old news. The Ford government had not only won a majority, but he had a super majority. Didn’t really take it all in at that bewitching hour of the early morning; the time when our ancestors and angels whisper truths to us.
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SAWIS Report - Low-Income and Precariously Employed Immigrant Women and COVID-19

"Understanding the Multidimensional Impacts of COVID-19 on Low-Income and Precariously Employed Immigrant Women Report” was released recently by South Asian Women’s and Immigrants’ Services (SAWIS, formerly known as the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization - SAWRO). The report features the experiences of low-income and precariously employed immigrant women from the East-Danforth community in Toronto.
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2022 OCASI Leaders’ Forum - Call For Proposals

The forum will be held in-person in Toronto on October 26-28, 2022. It will host current and emerging leaders in OCASI member agencies and immigrant and refugee-serving organizations in Ontario. Submit a proposal for a workshop or roundtable session. Deadline Wednesday June 15, 2022.

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2022 Forum des Leaders d'OCASI - Appel aux propositions

Le forum aura lieu en personne à Toronto les 26 et 28 octobre 2022. Le forum accueillera les leaders de longue date et émergeants au sein des organismes membres d'OCASI et des organismes au service des immigrants et des réfugiés de l'Ontario. Date limite pour la soumission de propositions : mercredi, le 15 juin 2022 à 24h00 heure avancée de l'Est.

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Hold The Date - OCASI Leaders’ Forum, AGM

The OCASI Leaders’ Forum will be held in-person in Toronto on October 26-28, 2022. The OCASI Annual General Meeting will be held on October 26. We will bring you more information soon. You can view sessions from the 2020 ED Forum with OCASI on YouTube.

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Tenir la date - Forum des Leaders d’OCASI, AGA

Le forum des Leaders d’OCASI aura lieu en personne à Toronto les 26 et 28 octobre 2022. L’assemblée générale annuelle de l’OCASI aura lieu le 26 octobre. Nous aurons bientôt plus d’information. Vous pouvez regarder les séances du Forum des directeurs et directrices généraux de 2020 avec l’OCASI sur YouTube.

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Webinar: Living at the Intersections of Immigration & Disability

The Accessibility Initiative is hosting a webinar on Living at the Intersections of Immigration & Disability on June 15, 2022 at 1pm (EDT).
Yasemin Tuncer, an immigrant, NeuroQueer woman, will invite you to look at your intersections, think of the power you hold and how you can use it to make a difference for im/migrants and refugees living with disabilities.

Webinaire : Les immigrant. es à l' intersection de la violence basée sur le genre et du handicap

Date: Mercredi 22 juin 2022 à 13h (HAE). L'un des obstacles auxquels sont confronté.e.s les immigrant. es en situation de handicap est la violence, sous toutes ses formes. Dans ce webinaire, l’Intiative pour l’Accessibilité invite Yasemin Tuncer, femme queer immigrante et neurodivergente de DAWN Canada, qui vous guidera à travers ces réalités afin de partager et/ou à réfléchir à des solutions possibles en votre pouvoir.
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Webinar: Standing Up To Online Hate

Join Maryam Faisal (Council of Agencies Serving South Asians) and Firdaus Ali (Canadian Council of Muslim Women) on June 21 and 1pm for a webinar on combatting online hate. Hosted by Journeys to Active Citizenship, the webinar will explore projects that support im/migrants and refugees in making online spaces safer places for citizens to engage. 
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Apply For OCASI Professional Development and Training Fund (PET)

The PET Fund is Available for In-House Group Training. Organizations funded by Immigrant Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are eligible to apply for funds up to $3000 to cover the facilitator’s fee for Virtual Group Training on topics that will benefit the work of the sector. Individuals working in the organizations are eligible for $900 to cover course costs.
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Find Services Near Me

Services Near Me, a service in partnership with Findhelp and 211 on Settlement.Org, now offers users the ability to filter agency results by languages served. The service is leaner, more efficient, and more accessible. Keep your 211 listings updated so that your agency is found more easily. Provide a listing in French if your agency offers French language services. 

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. To join our growing list of clients contact us: »



Who Gets In: Musings on Race, Migration and Belonging

The 2022 Howard Adelman lecture was recently held on June 6, 2022 at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University with guest speaker Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.
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Ontario Update: Previous Driving Experience For Refugees

Ontario will credit foreign driving experience for protected persons, refugees, and people from Ukraine to help them get their driver’s licence sooner. Present a photocopy of the foreign driver’s licence (DL) bearing a stamp from Border Services, or complete a self-declaration if the foreign driver’s licence is not available.
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Summer 2022 Working Group Meetings

Canadian Council for Refugees will hold the Summer Working Group meetings on 9 and 10 September 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. The meetings are a forum to exchange information, network and develop policy positions on issues related to refugee protection and resettlement, and the settlement of refugees and immigrants.

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Askii Akawa Asotamaatowin: Land And Treaties EAL Curriculum

Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg have developed a new  Askii Akawa Asotamaatowin: Land and Treaties - English as an Additional Language (EAL) Curriculum for adults. It is meant for use in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) programs as well as more informal contexts like conversation classes and one-on-one tutoring.
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COVID-19 Immigration Policy Tracker

The COVID 19 Immigration Policy Tracker was developed by CERC Migration researcher Maggie Perzyna. It codifies almost 400 administrative actions related to borders and immigration implemented by the Canadian government since January 2020. Search the Tracker by issuing department or agency, type of administrative action, immigration category or keyword.
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Age Well at Home 2022-2023 Calls for Proposals

Employment and Social Development Canada is accepting proposals for two funding streams focused on seniors, Scaling up for Seniors and In-Home Support Pilot Projects. Deadline is July 22, 2022, at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Scaling up for Seniors 
In-Home Support Pilot Project

Opportunities Fund For Persons With Disabilities

Employment and Social Development Canada is accepting proposals for projects that support individuals, employers and others that work to support disability inclusion and accessibility in employment. Deadline is July 22, 2022, at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
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Youth Innovation – Enabling Accessibility Fund

Employment and Social Development Canada is looking for young Canadians to help make Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities. The application period to become a Youth Accessibility Leader (YAL) is now open from June 3, 2022, to October 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
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LGBTQ2 Projects Fund

Women and Gender Equality Canada is accepting proposals for projects that advance equality for LGBTQ2 people. They should include new activities that address the unequal treatment of LGBTQ2 people and target their needs. Deadline: June 30, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time.
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Data On Underutilization of Internationally Educated Health Professionals

Internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) play a vital role in Canada’s health care system, yet nearly half of them are unemployed or underemployed. Read this policy brief to understand the extent of skill underutilization of IEHPs, limitations of existing data and recommendations to address data gaps.
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The ethics of recruiting foreign-trained healthcare workers

Canada’s active immigration policy includes thousands of internationally trained health workers arriving annually. The effective utilization of these workers represents an ethical issue relevant to the WHO’s Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, to which Canada is a signatory. By Margaret Walton-Roberts, Wilfrid Laurier University in Healthcare Management Forum, May 31, 2022.
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Annual Scorecard - MMIWG Action Plan

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) released the Annual Scorecard which tracks government commitments to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. NWAC finds little progress has been made over the past year to reduce the shocking number of murders and disappearances.
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