Integration and Settlement
The changes to family sponsorship announced recently by the federal government will make it more difficult to sponsor children, and parents and grandparents and will ultimately keep Canadian immigrant families apart.
The proposed changes with respect to the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, and dependent children were announced on May 10 by Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney.
Hundreds of thousands of Toronto residents pay local taxes and use city services, but have no say in who represents them, because they are not yet Canadian citizens. Recently, the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee put forward a request to review “the opportunity to have permanent residents in Toronto be given the right to vote in municipal elections.” Join OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office for a panel discussion on the merits of this proposal.
In July of 2012, OCASI was invited by the Committe for the Rights of the Child, an independent body which monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to submit a shadow report on the state of children's rights in Canada. This report was presented in Geneva, Switzerland in the Fall of 2012.
July 16, 2012/Toronto – OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is launching ‘Making Ontario Home', a new report based on extensive research carried out over a period of two years, on newcomers' experience with use of services in Ontario.
Community groups concerned about the status of immigrant and refugee women due to the change in government policy and direction over the last five years came together to compile a joint report on issues of mutual concern. The focus was on the impact of some of the major changes in the area of immigration policy and practice.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) will have a strong presence at the 14th National Metropolis Conference, to be held in Toronto on February 29 – March 3, 2012.