In the Field Newsletter Volume 120



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Show Us The Money:

Equitable Compensation in the Ontario Nonprofit Sector

We are halfway through the year and the discussion at every sector meeting eventually turns to the worsening human resources situation in the non-profit sector and particularly in the immigrant and refugee serving sector, including women’s services. Organizations- non-profit and/or charities are having a hell of a time recruiting and retaining qualified staff in all areas of our agencies from admin to program; tech to finance. And within HR itself.
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Working While Black - The Phenomenon of Walking Through The Door

TAIBU Community Health Centre’s first documentary shares real and unfiltered testimonies of Black Canadian professionals and scholars who intimately describe the subtlety and scars of systemic racism. It was developed to raise awareness of the challenges experienced in working while black, and as an engagement and training tool to bring about change in the workplace.

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October 26 - 28, 2022 - 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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26 au 28 octobre 2022 - Forum des Leaders d’OCASI, AGA

Le forum des Leaders d’OCASI aura lieu en personne à Toronto 26 au 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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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 $1000 to cover course costs.
Visit the PET website to learn more and apply

Why Agencies Love OCMS

An OCMS user tells us, "OCMS is a great tool. For case management of our clients, it is extremely helpful. All of the client's information is located on this system... Workers can then see everything that has been done for the client. Furthermore, action plans and follow-ups can be done more easily..."
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CCR Call To Action

Canadian Council for Refugees asks organizations and individuals to contact the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and their local Member of Parliament to urge the government to adopt a broad plan to regularize people without status in Canada, as outlined in the CCR’s submission. The Minister is expected to decide on a plan very soon. Act today!

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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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Status For All

Canada’s Parliament has unanimously called for a plan to “allow workers of all skill levels permanent residency”, and the Prime Minister has instructed the Minister of Immigration to regularize status for undocumented workers. This can open the door to citizenship for low wage essential workers and undocumented people. Sign the petition to call for immigration status for all.

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The Equity Benchmarking Project

The Equity Benchmarking Project is a research and knowledge mobilization project led by a group of nonprofit organizations intended to improve the understanding of what Canadian charities and nonprofits are doing to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The project is currently underway. Sign up for updates.

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Support The Homefull Campaign

Partner with Home First on their largest campaign dedicated to Toronto’s most vulnerable seniors. The Homefull Seniors campaign addresses the three key needs of seniors in housing facilities: food security, healthcare access and social connection.

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Shifting and Sharing Power: Community Engagement for Reducing Health Inequities


The Health Equity Summit is hosted annually by CASSA to address health-related disparities, particularly those that affect South Asian communities and other racialized communities. The event features knowledge exchange between key stakeholders and covers a wide range of topics in health and mental health. The event will be held virtually on July 14, 2022, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Register for the Health Equity Summit »



Capital Grants Call for Proposals

Apply for an Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital grant. The grant is intended to help non-profit organizations address community needs by improving infrastructure – such as purchasing equipment, building a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs. Deadline is August 3, 2022, at 5:00 PM ET.

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Age Well at Home 2022-2023 Calls for Proposals

A reminder: 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 »

COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant Program

Canadian Red Cross is accepting applications for the ‘Strengthening Community Capacity to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant Program’. The program is funded by Public Health Agency of Canada. It is meant to assist frontline community organizations to support those whose mental health and wellbeing have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Deadline - July 29, 2022.

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Creating Wage Parity in Community Care

Wage disparity between community care jobs in nonprofits and those in the public and private sectors is driving the HR crisis and hurting communities. Workers doing the same job funded by the same government program are not being paid equally. Nonprofit wages are the lowest. Ontario NonProfit Network’s new paper proposes how nonprofits and government can work to achieve parity.

Download or read the paper »

The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Experiencing Homelessness

A study on youth homelessness by Covenant House Toronto, University of Toronto and MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions suggests youth should be supported to stay in their homes or with other family members when possible and safe to do so, and supports provided to keep young people engaged in school.

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Canada's Immigration Advantage: A survey of major employers

This report sheds light on immigration’s importance to employers and the overall economy. It is based on a survey of 80 member companies of the Business Council of Canada in the first quarter of 2022. Collectively, these 80 companies employ nearly 1,650,000 Canadians in more than 20 industries, generating revenues of approximately $1.2 trillion in 2020. 

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