In the Field Newsletter Volume 126



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A new Deal for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector

Our sector- the im/migrant and refugee serving sector is under siege. Historically underfunded, the sector which has evolved over the last three decades into a professional, effective human service sector, has become increasingly aware that the status quo cannot continue if we are to compete for qualified talent, especially against government, public institutions and the private sector which continues to expand its presence in the immigration sector. 

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Expanding Pathways to Licensure for Internationally Trained Physicians in Ontario: How to Get There and Why It Matters 

Internationally Trained Physicians (ITPs) face significant systemic barriers to becoming licensed and returning to medical practice. Practical, proven measures exist that would enable ITPs to contribute their skills and training to the provincial health system. This policy brief examines stakeholder commitments, policy changes, and investments required to fully integrate ITPs into the Ontario health care workforce, and discusses associated benefits.

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Register for the Ontario Roundtable of the Alliance for Racialized, Refugee, and Im/migrant Women

Join us on January 19th from 1pm - 4pm (EST) on Zoom. With guest speaker, Dr. Beverly Bain! We will be learning from Dr. Beverly Bain about her lifetime of activism and her perspectives on anti-racist and intersectional feminist alliance-building. Participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives. 
For more information, contact:

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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. 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



Imagine a Canada

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation invites Canadian youth from K-G12 and CÉGEP to envision a Canada reconciled. Youth can participate in the art and essay stream or the project stream. Youth from select projects in both streams will be invited to participate in virtual leadership training exercises. Submission deadline - 11:59 p.m. CT, January 20th, 2023.

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Indigenous Education

The National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education (NCCIE) is hosted by First Nations University of Canada, which has a 40-year history of being Indigenous-owned, operated, and controlled. The Centre is grounded in principles of respect, reciprocity, and relationship, which are understood in Indigenous ways and honoured according to Indigenous protocols and customs. 

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Send CRA Your Feedback

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants feedback on draft guidance CG‑032, Registered charities making grants to non-qualified donees. CRA is updating the guidance after the income tax act was amended to allow registered charities to grant financial and other resources directly to non-profits without charitable status. Send your feedback to CRA by January 31, 2023. 

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Quick Guide for Employers: Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Domestic violence is the fastest growing type of workplace violence in Canada. It impacts employees’ ability to maintain employment and be productive at work. WomanAct has a quick guide for employees on their rights in the workplace in Ontario, and a quick guide for employers on what they are required to do and best practices for prevention and response.

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Summary Of Recent IEHP Initiatives

World Education Services (WES) has compiled a summary of some recent initiatives (policies, programs, legislation) for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) at the provincial level over the last two years. The document is a work-in-progress. Please send additional information on these or other IEHP initiatives to to help build out this information.

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Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants

Ontario Trillium Foundation grants support non-profit organizations and grassroots groups across Ontario. Applications are now open for several different grants. Visit each link to find out details and application deadline. Deadlines are coming up fast, so don’t delay.

Resilient Communities Fund »

Capital grant »

Youth Opportunities Fund »

The Community Services Recovery Fund

This $400 million investment from the Government of Canada is intended to support charities and nonprofits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery. problems faced by all communities. Applications are now open and must be submitted by February 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM PT. Explore the resource section and sign up for a webinar on how to apply.

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Workers Prefer Remote Work

A recent report from the Diversity Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University in partnership with Future Skills Centre found 78 percent of workers and supervisors reported higher job satisfaction with remote work than working in person.

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