In the Field Newsletter Volume 122



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Moving The Needle

Community organizations working with 2SLGBTIQ+ communities have been advocating for many years to be recognized in federal government priorities, plans and funding. Finally, the government of Canada has introduced a national plan with funding. But it falls short in many areas including the exclusion of im/migrant and refugee Queer folk. I've invited my colleagues from OCASI-PSI to share their thoughts in my blog.

Read the blog »



Hate-Crime Reporting Project

CASSA has launched their Anonymous Hate Crime Reporting Community Tool! CASSA is working with Toronto Police, York Region Police, Peel Region Police, and Ottawa Police to develop community-informed  hate crime reporting processes. 

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OCASI Members Supporting Members

The OCASI Support Fund is a member-driven grant that provides agencies with an annual budget of less than $350,000 with capacity funds of up to $5,000. This year, the Support Fund will include an OCASI Client Management System (OCMS) license for up to five years for a maximum of five users. New Application Deadline: September 14th 2022.

Apply for the fund »
Apply for an OCMS license »

Survey: Priorities of Racialized, Refugee, & Im/migrant Women and Gender-Diverse People

Do you work with racialized, refugee, and im/migrant women or gender-diverse people in Canada? Are you interested in sharing your community's top priorities, challenges, and successes? Participate in a survey being carried out by the Alliance for Racialized, Refugee, and Im/migrant Women, an initiative co-led by OCASI and our project Advisory. Please complete the survey by September 18th 2022. 

Complete the survey »

Mental Health and Anti-Human Trafficking Panel Series 

OCASI is hosting a Mental Health Promotion project virtual panel series with Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and FCJ Refugee Centre on September 14 & 21 2022, 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. The two-part series will introduce the anti-human trafficking network and explore trauma informed care interventions for populations impacted by human trafficking. 

Register for Panel 1 »
Register for Panel 2 »

Registration for Serving Youth in Newcomer Communities (SYNC) E-Course now open 

This newly developed course will be launched for the first time this year from October 1 to November 10, 2022. The course will build on essential foundational concepts, and take an anti-oppressive, youth-centred, trauma-informed approach to better equip service providers working with newcomer youth populations. Registration deadline: September 25, 2022

Register here »

Registration for Accessibility Initiative E-Course now open! 

OCASI’s  Accessibility Initiative is excited to announce that we have opened registration for our National E-Course called; “Building Access & Equity for Im/Migrants & Refugees with In/Visible Disabilities.” It will run for 7-weeks, and starts September 27th, 2022. Space is limited across Canada, so reserve your seat today! 

Register here »

L'inscription au Cours National autodirigé sur l'Accessibilité est maintenant ouverte ! 

Ce cours intitulé ‘’Renforcer l’accès et l'équité pour les personnes im/migrantes et réfugiées en situation de handicap in/visible’’ 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. Date : du 27 septembre au 22 novembre 2022. Les places sont limitées 

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Join us on September 29,22 at 1pm (EST) to learn, connect, share and collaborate.

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Settlement services across Ontario - Online and In Person

Are you a private sponsor or a Sponsorship Agreement Holder? Join an Allies for Refugee Integration (ARI) Webinar to hear about settlement services across Ontario, and engage with key speakers with questions about online/in-person services and accessibility in rural communities.
The Webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, between 1:00-2:30 PM EST.

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Power At Your Fingertips

Need to streamline client information for your agency? Want to generate reports quickly and easily? Need to meet last-minute funder changes in reporting? Discover how by watching the OCMS video. 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 at

The Future of the Ontario Settlement Sector: Learning from a global pandemic study 

Building Migrant Resilience in Cities project designed this study collaboratively with OCASI and TCRI. The research examined how the COVID-19 pandemic affected services, operations,  managers, and staff at Immigrant and Refugee serving agencies. View the webinar recording. Read the reports at Pandemic Response Survey Results OCASI Agency Frontline Workers and Pandemic Response Survey Results OCASI Agency Management.



Migrant.e ou «réfugié.e» climatique?

Rejoignez-nous le mardi 20 septembre de 12 h à 13 h pour un webinaire animé par Geneviève Minville, professionnelle de recherche et en mobilisation des connaissances (CERDA), qui portera sur les enjeux et l'ampleur de la migration induite par le climat.

Pour vous inscrire »

Access To Healthcare For All

Read the open letter to the Ontario provincial government calling for a permanent program to ensure universal access to healthcare services, independent of insurance status. The letter was signed by over 1,000 healthcare community members and over 200 organizations across the province. Share on social media with #healthcare4all #status4all.

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CCR Youth Network - Scholarship Applications Open!

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Youth Network is incredibly excited to offer 10 scholarship opportunities to youth newcomers and refugees every year until 2030. The Daniel Schickedanz Scholarship Award supports young people of refugee and/or migrant backgrounds in their efforts to pursue higher education and encourages youth engagement within their local communities. Submission Deadline: September 19, 2022.

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Data Equity Training for GTA Agencies

The 'Be Yourself, See Yourself' Data Equity Pilot 2.0, hosted by Findhelp | 211 Central, is a project to allow social sector agencies in the Greater Toronto Area to get free capacity-building training and practice on how to collect social identity data with an equity lens.

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Resilient Communities Fund

COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the non-profit sector and its ability to build resiliency, and support and serve communities across Ontario. Apply to Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund to help your non-profit organization rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 and effectively meet the changing needs of your community. Deadline December 7, 2022, at 5 PM ET.

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2022 Identify ‘N Impact Grant Program

The City of Toronto has launched the 2022 Identify ‘N Impact (INI) grant program. This funding opportunity supports youth in turning their ideas for stronger communities into action with grants of up to $17,000 promoting youth engagement and community safety across Toronto. Deadline October 6, 2022 at 12 PM ET.

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The Apprenticeship Pathway

A new report on skilled trades and immigrant integration found that Immigrants who complete an apprenticeship or trade qualifier in Canada tend to experience rapid earnings assimilation relative to their native-born counterparts. Produced by FutureSkills Research Lab in June 2022.

Read the report »

Intersections between Employment and Safety among Racialized Women

Intimate partner violence is closely connected to women’s economic security, including their income, employment, and housing. This research draws on qualitative data gathered through surveys and interviews with racialized survivors. The report discusses the impact of racism and intimate partner violence trauma on women’s employment and what is needed to better support racialized survivors to access and maintain meaningful employment. 

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The Road to Safety: Indigenous Survivors in BC Speak Out against Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The report covers topics including, but not limited to, colonial violence, interpersonal violence, child abuse, residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, substance use, racist misogyny, and issues related to poverty.

Read the report »