In the Field Newsletter Volume 68



International Women’s Day

Debbie DouglasOCASI celebrates our gains in raising awareness about violence against refugee and immigrant women and women with precarious immigration status. We re-commit to ongoing efforts for equity and fairness including calling for permanent residence on arrival for migrant caregivers, elimination of the gender and race pay gap, and elimination of all gender inequalities.

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Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) Program

Logo of SOPACatholic Centre for Immigrants - Ottawa and World Skills Employment Centre deliver the Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) Program in Ontario. The main purpose of this initiative is to deliver a series of online courses to new immigrants who intend to come to Canada.

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Refugee Rights Day

April 4 is celebrated as Refugee Rights Day every year in Canada in commemoration of the 1985 Supreme Court decision that recognized the fundamental rights of refugees. Click on this link for a variety of events to mark Refugee Rights month in March and throughout the month of April, organized by OCASI and Toronto community groups.

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Anti-Racism Data Standards

OCASI, COP-COC, CSALC and SALCO call for the collection of race-based (and other disaggregated) data to aid in achieving health equity in Ontario in joint submission to Ontario government. This is the main recommendation of a joint submission to the Ontario government on Proposed Data Standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism.

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OrgWise Assessment Tool

This free online tool can help you develop a solid picture of your organizational capacity. It will help your identify areas of strength and improvement for your organization and measure changes in capacity over time. Begin your self-assessment by selecting any of the four areas of the Organizational Standards and the related Indicators. Contact Beverly Lawrence at

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Women Of Distinction

OCASI congratulates our member agency leaders Margaret Hancock - Executive Director of Family Services Toronto, and Marcie Ponte - Executive Director of Working Women Community Centre on being selected for the 2018 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards. The Awards will be presented on May 24, 2018. Read more for details and tickets.

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OHIP For All Guide

Logo of OHIP For AllKnow your rights is a Guide to access to health care for uninsured and precarious status migrants in Ontario. Produced by OHIP For All, the guide was originally developed and maintained by Health4All. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

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LFO Core Funding Call

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) understands the importance of providing stable core funding to nonprofit organizations working to provide essential services and fill important gaps in the justice sector. The Foundation’s new Catalyst program provides a new core funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations working to advance access to justice. Deadline is June 1, 2018.

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Street Checks Public Consultation

Share your views on street checks. Justice Michael H. Tulloch is reviewing Ontario’s laws on police street checks, a practice sometimes referred to as "carding". Justice Tulloch will be travelling across the province to hear people's thoughts on street checks and the regulation. Read more to find out when he will be coming to a place near you.

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CCR International Refugee Rights Conference

Logo of International Refugee RightsRegister by May 7, 2018 for early bird rates at the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) International Refugee Rights Conference to be held on 7-9 June 2018 at York University in Toronto. This three-day conference will look at promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and to strategize across borders to better meet their evolving needs.

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My City of Migration Diagnostic

Take the pulse of your city with MyCOM, the My City of Migration Diagnostic. MyCOM is a modular tool designed to help you assess the quality of inclusion in your city: at work, at school, on election day, in health and as a new arrival.

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