OCASI Professional Development Conference 2019



2019 OCASI Professional Development Conference
Toronto, Ontario
October 17 & 18, 2019

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Click here for call for proposals in French

Scroll down for the link to the online submission form.

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants invites concurrent session proposals for our 2019 Professional Development Conference. OCASI is the umbrella organization for immigrant and refugee-serving agencies in Ontario. Read more about OCASI.

The target audience is frontline workers (majority) and program coordinators and managers from OCASI member agencies and other immigrant serving organizations in Ontario.

Conference sessions are intended to strengthen skills and knowledge of participants to enhance capacity and quality of programs and services to immigrants, refugees and people with precarious immigration status (example: migrant workers, refugee claimants, international students, people without immigration status).

Proposals may be submitted for unilingual (English OR French) and bilingual (English AND French) sessions. Certain workshops may be selected for simultaneous interpretation.

We invite proposals that address one or more of the themes below. We also welcome proposals on themes that may be of interest to sector workers and that are not included here.

All proposals must use an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework. See OCASI Anti-racism and anti-oppression policy and Accessibility policy.



Personal Development

Crisis Intervention

Conflict Resolution

Needs Assessment

Communication Skills

Settlement Counselling

Work-Life Balance

Assessment Skills


Client-Specific Service Supports




Mental Health


People who have endured Trauma or Abuse




Community Organizing and Collaboration


Immigrant Settlement and Integration


Asylum and Migration




Equity for Justice and Women


Who can apply: Trainers, subject matter experts and experienced practitioners from OCASI member agencies, other community organizations, public institutions, government, academia and private sector (example: individual consultants).

Deadline: Wednesday, July 31 2019 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Session format: Sessions are concurrent. All sessions are 1.5 hours. Some may be doubled to allow a 3 hour session.
Sessions must be interactive or include interactive components. Sessions can use a training format, lecture style, panel presentations or any other adult learning format.


  1. Relevance
  2. Practical applicability of knowledge, strategies, and tools
  3. Experience and expertise of facilitator(s)
Selected applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Honorarium may be provided as follows: $200 honorarium for 1.5 hour session; $350 honorarium for 3 hour session.
No honoraria will be provided to government, public institutions or academic institutions.

Complete online submission here

Questions: Please contact conference@ocasi.org