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Media Release: Extend Government Benefits To All Residents

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2020/Toronto

COMMUNITY GROUPS CALL ON CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND EI BENEFITS AND CANADA CHILD BENEFITS TO ALL RESIDENTS OF CANADA

As organizations working with low income people of colour, immigrants, refugees and people with precarious status, we welcome the $82 Billion aid package announced by the Canadian Government to to help Canadians through COVID-19 crisis.

Healthcare For Precarious Immigrants

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March 16, 2020 / Toronto - OCASI wrote to Ontario Minister of Health -Christine Elliott, and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services - Todd Smith to ask the people with precarious immigration status are included in the Ontario government's actions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

OCASI specifically asked the Ministers to ensure that all Ontario residents have access to free, universal and expanded healthcare, including testing, without regard to immigration status or length of residence in Ontario.

COVID-19 Screening Checklist

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The Ontario government has developed a screening tool and other information and resources that can be used by community organizations to support communities in staying safe and healthy.

These resources are shared by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

OCASI is concerned about ensuring all refugees, immigrants and migrants are included in provincial as well as federal and municipal government responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CANCELLED - Refugee Rights and Border Controls

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WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE PRESENT HEALTH EMERGENCY

A Free Public Forum

When: Wednesday April 1, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: 78 Queen's Park West, Toronto M5S 2C5
UofT Law, Jackman Building J140 (basement level)
(The law school is right in front of Museum Station – west side - southern exit, just south of the Royal Ontario Museum)

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