In the Field Newsletter Volume 89



In Gratitude

Photo of Debbie Douglas As we wind down the year, it is time to take a step back and reflect on what has been accomplished, what positive change or impact we have had, and how we will appreciate our accomplishments through self-care and organizational care. We do not do enough of this as advocates and practitioners in the public benefit sector. This is as good a time as any to start. (This article was first published in December 2018.)

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Webbing With Wisdom

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The website is a collaboration between St. Stephen’s Community House, METRAC – Action on Violence and East Metro Youth Services. It draws on findings from the cyber self-defence research project to combat and counter the growing culture of cyber sexual violence. Designed by young women for young women, the website focuses on gender-based violence, cyber tips, cyber bullying, slut shaming, victim blaming and human trafficking.

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Webinars To Better Serve LGBTQ+ Newcomers

Logo of PSIThe settlement process can be especially challenging for LGBTQ+ newcomers. OCASI Positive Spaces Initiative is excited to bring you a series of webinars that will let you learn and discuss how you can better serve immigrants, refugees and newcomers who identify as LGBTQ+ by understanding intersections, biases and best practices. Targeted to Frontline Workers, Managers and Executive Directors.


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. OCASI Client Management System was developed by the sector for the sector, and is exclusively user-fee supported. Contact Elena Trapeznikova or (416) 322-4950 ext. 241

Learn Anywhere - Free

Banner of Course announcementDo you want to access a free course to enhance your skills in serving refugee and immigrant newcomers to Ontario? Please visit You will find:

  • Newcomer settlement Focused Courses
  • Free Access
  • Expert Facilitators

OCASI lance un Guide de promotion de la santé mentale en français

Guide de promotion de la santé mentaleCe guide aidera les organismes du secteur de l’établissement en Ontario à élaborer des politiques et pratiques communes qui favorisent la santé mentale des clients réfugiés. Il vise à améliorer la capacité de ces organismes de promouvoir la santé mentale des nouveaux arrivants. Rejoignez-nous vendredi 13 décembre de 10h à 14h au YWCA de Toronto pour écouter un superbe panel d'intervenants de la communauté francophone !

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Community Consultation – Police Race-Based Data

The Toronto Police Service will be collecting Race-Based data starting January 1, 2020. Come and learn more. Monday, December 9 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm, Division 12 (Black Creek), The Royal Canadian Legion – 1050 Weston Road OR Thursday December 19 2019 6:30pm–8:30pm, Division 51 (Regent Park), Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter Street.

Can't join in person? Watch online at or follow on twitter #TPSracedata

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Webinar: Benefits For Migrant and Undocumented Workers

Do you have questions about government income supports for low-waged workers who are not permanent residents who are out of work? Want to know more about when migrant workers are eligible for social assistance, EI and special benefits? Register for Access to Employment Insurance and Social Assistance for Migrant & Undocumented Workers. 2pm - 3pm, December 10, 2019.

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Conference: Call for Proposals

Banner of the conferenceOn June 10-11, 2020, the Alliance for Healthier Communities will host their annual primary health care conference: Power in Community: A health system that works for everyone. This conference is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and tools, build relationships, tap into new networks and open dialogue with a wide range of primary health care staff, board members, health system leaders, community partners, researchers, planners and policymakers.

Submit your proposal today! The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2020.

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CLEO Guided Pathways

Logo of Steps to JusticeUse CLEO's free online interviews to fill out legal forms, draft letters, and identify your next steps. The Guided Pathways ask you questions and then use your answers to fill in the forms and letters you need. When you are done, you can save and print your papers.

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French Speaking Migrants In Sudbury

Banner of the eventNorthern Ontario expects a disproportionately high increase in seniors in the coming years. This will mean future labour market shortages, and a greater need for youth retention and in-migration. The paper, Northern Analyst Cooperative: French speaking Migrants to greater Sudbury:2017-2026 estimates how many French-speaking migrants will be needed in the future to maintain the current proportion of French-speakers in Sudbury.

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2019 Hunger Report

Cover of the reportThe report provides an analysis of the data gathered by the Ontario food bank network, through the Link2Feed client intake system, between April 1st 2018 – March 31st, 2019. This report also includes a special feature on emerging trends in the Ontario labour force and the impact on low-income Ontarians.

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Report: Public Pension Benefits And Low Income Immigrant Seniors

Results from the 2016 Census: Examining the effect of public pension benefits on the low income of senior immigrants, a new study released December 4, looks at the factors associated with low income among immigrant seniors using data from the 2016 Census, with a particular focus on the role of OAS and GIS benefits.

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Report: Refugee Integration?

Cover of the reportVolunteers and Sponsors: A catalyst for refugee integration?, a new report, considers where community members can add the most value to integration service efforts, assesses the barriers that community organizations and integration service providers face in engaging volunteers, and offers recommendations for how policymakers can facilitate the effective engagement of communities in integration initiatives.

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Report: Working Poor In Toronto

Cover of the reportThe Working Poor in the Toronto Region: A closer look at the increasing numbers is Metcalf’s third in a series of reports aimed at illuminating the realities of working poverty in our region and providing an overview of the factors driving the continued rise in numbers.

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