In the Field Newsletter Volume 80



Imagining the Resistance

Photo of Debbie Douglas“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” and “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house” - Audre Lorde

Two quotes from the late prolific writer, lesbian-feminist, social justice warrior, Librarian Audre Lorde. Apt quotes I would say for the political moment in which we find ourselves especially this month as we mark International Women’s Day, a nod to working women although that herstory is often overlooked.

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Women On The Move

Banner of Women on the MoveWomen are discovering their own potential thanks to The Redwood’s “Women on the Move Leadership Program”. The program offers women who have experienced abuse the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills, while helping other women in their communities address violence against women. They courageously share their own stories to inspire and give hope to others living with abuse.



Power at your Fingertips

Logo of OCMSNeed 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 or sign up for a webinar. The OCASI Client Management System was developed by the sector for the sector, and is supported only through user fees. Contact Elena Trapeznikova or (416) 322-4950 ext. 241

New Caregiver Pilot Program

OCASI welcomes the new immigrant pilot programs for Caregivers, announced by Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Saturday February 23, 2019. Migrant care workers will get occupation specific work permits, which allow more flexibility to change employers. Workers can bring family members on arrival, with open work permits for spouses and study permits for children.

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Housing Deposits: What is considered an illegal deposit request?

Logo of Settlement.orgThis Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) podcast speaks with a newcomer who shares their first experience dealing with Canadian law when renting an apartment. And lawyers offer tips on how to spot and avoid illegal landlord rental deposit practices.

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Coming Soon - New Recorded Webinars from IRCNFF

Portrait photos of Huda Hassan and Yamikani MsosaHuda Hassan »
Yamikani Msosa »

Immigrant and Refugee Communities Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign will soon upload two recently held webinars:

Facilitated by Huda Hassan – outlined need for a trauma-informed, intersectional approach when working with Somali survivors of gender-based violence;

Facilitated by Yamikani Msosa - unpacked misogynoir and how it relates to violence against Black women, girls and non-binary people.

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IRCC National Call for Proposals

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued a call for proposals for Settlement Programs and Resettlement Assistance Programs for up to 5 years. Priority areas include fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engagement with the private sector, and increased focus on integration of vulnerable populations such as refugees, youth and LGBTQ2+. Deadline - April 12, 2019 before 5pm PST.

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IRCC appel national de propositions

Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada a lancé un appel de propositions pour les programmes d’aide à l’établissement et à la réinstallation pour un maximum de cinq ans. Les domaines prioritaires inclus l’appui à l’esprit d’entrepreneuriat des nouveaux arrivants, la participation du secteur privé et une attention plus grande portée à l’intégration des populations vulnérables, comme les réfugiés, les jeunes et les LGBTQ2+. Les demandes doivent être présentées avant le 12 avril 2019 à 17 h.

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CERIS Community Panel Discussion

Logo of CERIS“Whither Immigration and Settlement in Ontario?” by CERIS is a panel discussion by Debbie Douglas - OCASI, Léonie Tchatat - La Passerelle-I.D.E, Sunil Johal – Mowat Centre and Adnan Turegan – CERIS on the future of immigration and settlement in Ontario. On Thursday, March 14, 2019, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Toronto Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, Auditorium.

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Real Jobs, Living Wages

South Asian Women’s Rights Organization (SAWRO) and York University host a community conversation on labour market challenges faced by skilled immigrant women, featuring highlights from a joint SAWRO and COSTI project. On Saturday March 16, 2019, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Oakridge Community Centre, 63 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough, ON. Contact 416-686-0701 or 647-857-9153.

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TCHC Diversity Scholarship

Banner of SCCOToronto Community Housing is offering upto $4,000 scholarships for post-secondary education for students upto age 29 who promote diversity, equity and anti-racism dialogue in their communities. Applicants must be TCHC tenants or live in the Scadding Court Community Centre catchment area. Applications must be submitted by March 28, 2019 at 5 p.m. Read more for who can apply.

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Caregiver Program Changes

Caregivers Action Centre has produced plain language information on the new immigration pilot program for migrant caregivers.

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Immigrant Women, Youth and Seniors (IWYS)

IWYS researchers share four summaries and four infographics on their preliminary research findings on the experiences, services and settlement needs of immigrant women, youth and seniors.

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