OCASI - CERIS Joint Panel on Bill 161


Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tabled the province’s first-ever immigration legislation on February 19, 2014, Bill 161, An Act with respect to immigration to Ontario and a related amendment to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. On April 15, OCASI and CERIS held a very successful joint panel event to discuss the implications of the Bill.

The Bill was at the point of Second Reading debate in the Legislative Assembly when Premier Kathleen Wynne dissolved government on May 2, 2014. At that point all Bills were terminated.

Panel participants at the joint OCASI and CERIS discussion of the Bill included:

  • Alice Young, Director of Immigration Policy at the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. You can access her power point slides HERE.
  • Jenna Hennebry, Director of the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Josie Di Zio, Senior Director of Planning and Program Development at COSTI Immigrant Services. You can access her power point slides HERE.
  • Chris Ramsaroop from Justicia for Migrant Workers.

Click here to watch recordings of all presentations (posted on YouTube).

Click here for OCASI Comments on the Bill.