Civic Engagement & Sector Capacity
December 18 is International Migrants' Day. In Canada there is much to reflect on. The strides we've made over the past decades in creating a nation that is welcoming, that values the contribution of immigrants and that takes its obligation to protecting those in need of asylum and refuge seriously.
OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is deeply disturbed by the implementation today, of ‘conditional permanent residence' for some sponsored spouses and partners. The Council is concerned that this measure will increase inequalities in relationships between spouses, and would put women in particular at heightened risk of violence.
OCASI, together with Metro Toronto Chinese and South East Asian Legal Clinic and Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change, has submitted a joint report to the United Nations Human Rights Council for consideration at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will implement new language rules for citizenship applicants as of November 1st. Applicants aged 18-54 are required to provide upfront proof of speaking and listening proficiency in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4.
On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Education released a discussion paper “Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together,” to begin a conversation on child care modernization. The paper outlines the government's long term vision for child care and seeks feedback on targeted medium-term objectives that will help us achieve that vision over the next three years.
Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI,
talks about Bill C-31.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) was invited to participate in hearings on Bill C-31 held by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.