In the Field Newsletter Volume 141



A Message On Refugee Rights Day

Today we recognize the thirty-ninth anniversary of the Singh decision which confirmed that refugees are protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This day and what it represents -access to justice for all who are resident on this land, is more important than ever as we bear witness to unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers arriving on our shores seeking protection and refuge.

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Youth Journey Map (YJM)

Eva’s Youth Journey Map (YJM) supports young people, particularly Black youth experiencing homelessness in Toronto, by integrating Africentric principles that centre their cultural heritage and individual challenges. By addressing how anti-Black racism and discrimination affect the social determinants of health, Eva’s model aims to dismantle barriers and empower young people to thrive. 

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A Call For Justice, Equity and Fairness

Toronto Refugee Rights Day 2024 Committee statement in commemoration of Refugee Rights day on April 4, 2024. The day marks the 1985 “Singh Decision” by the Supreme Court of Canada, recognizing that refugee claimants have fundamental rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. OCASI is a member of the Committee.

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Wednesday, October 9 2024, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Pan Pacific Toronto

Please RSVP by contacting Selina Basudde

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L’AGA d’OCASI 2024

Le mercredi 9 octobre 2024, 15 à 17 h
Pan Pacific Toronto

Veuillez confirmer votre présence en contactant Selina Basudde

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OCASI Leaders’ Forum 2024

Shaping Tomorrow: Navigating Change Together

October 8-10, 2024 / Toronto, ON   **New Dates**
Hybrid event

Call for Proposals is now open please visit the Forum’s website for more information.
Deadline is April 30, 2024

Complete online submission »

Forum des Leaders d'OCASI 2024

Façonner notre lendemain : naviguer ensemble dans les eaux du changement

Du 8 au 10 octobre 2024 / Toronto, ON   **Nouvelles dates**
Événement hybride

L'appel aux propositions est désormais ouvert. Veuillez visiter le site web du Forum pour des informations supplémentaires.
La date limite est le 30 avril 2024

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Speak Up Against Racism

Watch and share two short videos from OCASI that put racism on ‘blast’.

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No More Hate: Transgender Rights and Futures

Pushing back against anti-trans discourse in Canada. A panel discussion at the intersections of race, faith, refugees and migration.

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OCASI Client Management System (OCMS)

Seeking a reliable solution for managing your agency's clients? Look no further than OCMS! Dive into our OCMS video to witness the power of our system. With pride in our work and the success of our clients, we invite you to join our ever-expanding community. Reach out to us today at to get started!



CCR Working Group Meetings - May 2024

Register for Canadian Council for Refugees Working Group meetings on May 2-3  in Montreal. This is a free event. Registration is required to facilitate organizing the event. You do not have to be a CCR member to attend. The meetings are closed to the government and media.

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National System for Asylum with Dignity for Refugee Claimants

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) has launched a call to the government of Canada to implement a National System for Asylum with Dignity for Refugee Claimants. Read the policy brief here and watch the CCR press conference on the launch here.

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April is BeADonor Month in Ontario!

April was established as BeADonor month to educate and create awareness about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Everyone has the potential to be an organ and tissue donor, regardless of age or medical history, and people from every major religion have donated. To learn more and register as a donor, please visit

Avril est le mois SoyezUnDonneur en Ontario!

Le mois d’avril a été institué mois « SoyezUnDonneur » afin d’éduquer et de sensibiliser au don et à la transplantation d’organes et de tissus. Tout le monde peut être donneur d’organes et de tissus, quel que soit son âge ou ses antécédents médicaux, et des personnes de toutes les grandes religions ont fait des dons. Pour en savoir plus et s’inscrire en tant que donneur, veuillez consulter

CCR Call For A Status Regularization Program

The Canadian Council for Refugees wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau calling for a broad and comprehensive regularization program that would provide permanent residence to those among us who live precariously without status and access to basic rights.

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Factsheet for Pregnant International College Students in Ontario

This printable one-page fact sheet includes free information and resources available for pregnant international college students in Ontario who don’t have access to health insurance coverage. It is available in 11 languages from the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF).

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Fiche d’information à l’attention des étudiantes internationales enceintes en Ontario 

Cette fiche d’information imprimable d’une page comprend des informations et des ressources disponibles gratuitement pour les étudiantes à l’université en Ontario qui n’ont pas accès à une couverture de santé. Il est disponible en 11 langues auprès du Fonds D'Action et D'Éducation Juridique Pour Les Femmes (FAEJ).

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CERC Call for papers: 2024-25 Migration Working Group

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration & Integration invites paper abstract submissions for the 6th season of its Migration Working Group. The series provides researchers with the opportunity to present new and ongoing projects, learn about each other’s work and share feedback.
Deadline for submissions is  June 3, 2024.

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ONN’s Briefing Note on Growing Non-Market Housing in Ontario

ONN’s new briefing note underlines the importance of growing non-market housing in order to meet the housing need for all Ontarians, and recommends Ontario’s municipalities’ to support nonprofits whose mission it is to deliver affordable and quality-of-life housing.

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Housing Need and Homelessness amongst Gender-Diverse People in Canada

The survey conducted by the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network found that almost half (43%) of the gender-diverse participants reported experiencing discrimination from landlords or property managers on the basis of their gender identity. Meanwhile, 41% reported experiencing discrimination or judgement from staff at homeless shelters or drop-ins.

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Labour Issues and Worker Wellness  in the VAW Shelter Sector

Women’s Shelters Canada launched the Feminist Brain Drain Study in 2022, and the full report is now available. The report provides information on: the scope of the labour crisis; elements that contribute to staff retention or turnover; recruitment; systemic issues contributing to labour issues; pandemic-specific challenges; feminist leadership; the study symposium; and recommendations.

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Wealth Inequality, Health and Health Equity: A think piece from Wellesley Institute 

Wealth inequality has received less analysis, but some suggest it is equally, if not more, important for understanding health inequities. This think piece offers an examination of why wealth inequality matters for health and some potential directions for reducing the wealth gap in order to achieve health equity.

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Statistics Canada Survey of National Nonprofits

A recent Canadian Survey on Business Conditions highlights the profound impact non-profit organizations have on Canadians' lives, as well as their ongoing significance as vital players in a diverse society and a dynamic economy.

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Black Opportunity Fund

The BOF/BCFC B3 Capacity Building Program is an 8-month program funded by Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) and delivered by Black Canadian Fundraisers Collective (BCFC), designed to provide Black-focused, Black-led, Black-serving nonprofits and charities, with funding and capacity development support that positions them to collaborate, lead and deliver community-determined solutions that effectively address identified community priorities and needs.
Application deadline Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST.

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Youth Opportunities Fund

Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund invests in community-led projects that play an essential role in creating safe spaces, empowering youth and families, supporting career pathways and addressing issues faced by our communities.
Submit an expression of interest by April 17, 2024 at 5 PM ET.

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