In the Field Newsletter Volume 32


OCASI In the Field
Volume 32
Message from the Executive Director

Debbie Douglas“It should be without contest that a priority list in the 21st century Canada should be based on a candidacy framed by talent and merit, rather than fluency in English or French.” This is a quote from a letter sent to Federal ministers Kenney and Alexander by the National Congress of Italian Canadians in response to growing concerns by many immigrant (particularly non- English or French speaking ) communities that our new immigration policies and priorities are discriminatory.

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OCASI Member Feature

COSTI /WES Launch Joint Online Application

Unpack MagazineCOSTI Languages Bureau and World Education Services (WES) have launched a new partnership to make international credential evaluation and translation more easily accessible. Now, newcomers to Canada as well as those overseas can apply through a single online application to have their international academic credentials translated and evaluated, thus saving time and money.

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OCASI Happenings

Secteur Etablissement.Org

OCMS - OCASI Le site SecteurEtablissement est destiné aux professionnels francophones du secteur au service des immigrants, réfugiés et nouveaux arrivants en Ontario.

Sur cet espace d'échange, vous avez la possibilité de partager vos nouvelles, vos offres d'emplois, vos événements et vos appels d'offre.

Adressez-nous vos suggestions en contactant Aïssatou Sonko, par courriel à ou par téléphone au 416-322-4950 x 242

Self-Directed training - Sexual Violence

OCASI invites participants to its self-directed E-learning training on “Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant & Refugee Communities”. This FREE introductory-level course is to help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of sexual violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.

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Call for Volunteers: Positive Space Regional Champions 2015

The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees. The deadline for Call for Volunteers is extended to Friday, February 13, 2015.

Read more here for further details and how to apply


Hold the date for IWD 2015 Speak Out featuring feminist voices for change on justice for aboriginal + racialized + migrant women workers. Date: Wednesday March 4, 12pm to 2pm @ Ryerson University – TRS 2119 on the 8th floor of the Ted Rogers School of Management building, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Brought to you by OCASI, Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change, Ryerson Student Union and Ryerson Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice.

Watch this space for details or email policyevents@ocasi.oeg

Debbie Douglas on Express Entry

OCASI Executive Director Debbie Douglas appeared as a guest panelist on TVO's ‘The Agenda' hosted by Steve Paikin, on January 15, 2015. The show explored changes resulting from the introduction of the new Express Entry immigration system earlier this year, and what they mean for Canada and Ontario.

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Sector Happenings

CERIS Research Synthesis Reports OCMS - OCASI

CERIS has launched research synthesis reports on migration and settlement in Canada. The reports focus on five core areas: Settlement and Integration; Foreign Credential Recognition; Citizenship; Multiculturalism; and Refugees. In addition to synthesizing and annotating recent research, each area report samples significant research in progress and lists key research institutions and researchers.

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Rainbow Health Ontario Breakthrough Projects

Rainbow Health Ontario is proud to announce a new program to support local groups and organizations across Ontario to carry out one-year projects that will achieve a significant step in creating greater health, well-being and equity for LGBTQ communities. RHO will support 4 one-year projects – providing consultation on project development, implementation and evaluation and up to $20,000 in funding per project. Application deadline is March 2, 2015.

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Collaborative Conversations - CAMH OCMS - OCASI

CAMH is excited to announce that Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives is hosting seven regional knowledge exchange events across Ontario between February and May 2015, focussing on focussing on themes, interventions, and issues related to mental health and addictions system change. Events will be hosted in English. Where possible, event materials will be made available in both English and French. For questions and how to register email

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New Publications from Envisioning

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is proud to announce the publication of four new documents for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers and the professionals and service providers who support them. The documents are on Making an LGBTI refugee protection claim, Mental health challenges for LGBT claimants, Federal Court jurisprudence on LGBT claims, and the Impact of the new immigration regime on LGBT claimants.

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