In the Field Newsletter Volume 93



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COVID-19: A Systems Change Moment

Debbie Douglas’ April blog is her inaugural vlog (video blog)! She sends a shout-out to OCASI member agencies across the province, and calls for real structural and systemic change.

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Network of Social Support

Four OCASI member agencies in the Peel region have been selected as United Way Anchor agencies. Congratulations:

  • Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
  • Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
  • Punjabi Community Health Services

They and four other agencies were selected to join United Way’s local network, to go beyond service delivery and work to address deepening poverty in the 905 area. The anchor agencies will receive enhanced general operating support over the next 3 years.



Income Support Webinar - COVID-19

This webinar hosted by OCASI provides information on access to federal and provincial income support and benefits for refugees, migrants and people with precarious immigration status. Presented by Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Read more for links to recorded webinar, Powerpoint slides and sample letter for Ontario Works for people with precarious immigration status.



COVID-19 News

Visit our information websites to see the latest news for newcomers and the latest updates and resources for settlement sector organizations.


Nouvelles COVID-19

Consultez nos infos pour voir quelles ressources sont mises en place pour les nouveaux arrivants et les organisations du secteur de l'établissement.

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Power At Your Fingertips

Need 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

OCASI Mental Health Promotion - Community of Practice

The Mental Health team is trying our best to continue our work and stay connected during this time. We are continuing our learning, hosting discussions and sharing resources through SettleNet. We invite you to join the conversation at the Mental Health Promotion in Immigrant and Refugee Communities group.


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Join Settlenet.Org / Réseau-Etab.Org

Join / Ré to learn, share, connect, and collaborate with people in your field. Our members are encouraged to engage in ongoing professional development opportunities on the platform. Visit the site to enrol in webinars, access conference materials, read or submit articles, and connect with your peers across Canada.



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CCR Updates on COVID-19 Impacts

Up-to date information from Canadian Council for Refugees on Temporary Emergency Measures for Refugee Claims, making a refugee claim in Canada during the pandemic, resources for migrant workers and more.

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COVID19 Tickets and Offences

Canadian Civil Liberties Association wants to hear from you -- from people who been stopped for information, or have received tickets, charges, fines or other penalties for failing to comply with new COVID rules. The CCLA is gathering the information to know how emergency orders and laws are being enforced across Canada and who is most affected.

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ONN’s Virtual AGM Facilitation Guide

Switching your Annual General Meeting (AGM) online? The Government of Ontario announced on March 31, 2020 an Emergency Order that permits nonprofits to hold their AGM electronically or over the phone even if laws (Ontario’s Corporations Act) or your bylaws say you can’t. See ONN’s Virtual AGM Facilitation Guide, Virtual AGM Template Script and Virtual AGM Critical Path.

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Government’s Human Rights Obligations - COVID-19

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a policy statement to guide all levels of government to adopt a human rights-based approach to managing policy, legal, regulatory, public health and emergency-related responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Legal Questions - COVID-19

Steps to Justice answers questions about legal rights related to social assistance (Ontario Workers) and Ontario Disability Support Program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the website to learn more, and for information about legal problems in many other areas.

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GBV Settlement Sector Strategy

This partnership project brings you a research bulletin featuring needs assessment findings from across the country for a Gender-Based Violence & Settlement Sector Strategy. The project focuses on working collaboratively to build capacity in the refugee and immigrant settlement and anti-violence sectors.

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Ontario Launches Online Healthcare Worker Hiring/Matching Portal

Ontario is seeking those with experience in providing health care who are available to help provincial efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, if required. The province announced a temporary online tool where healthcare workers can apply for work opportunities and be matched to employers in need of staff.

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