Legislation & Public Policies
September 16, 2022 / Toronto - OCASI wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser to call for an immigration status regularization program that will leave no one behind. Read our letter below:
April 2022 / Toronto
Remove the term “visible minority”, use the term “racialized people” as a designated group and remove citizenship status discrimination. These are some of the recommendations we made in a joint submission to the Federal Employment Equity Act Review Task Force. Read the joint submission by Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and OCASI.
Toronto / November18, 2021
OCASI made a written submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 27: Working for Workers Act, 2021.
The Bill proposes certain changes that are intended to address exploitation and abuse by recruiters. It is not certain if these proposals will be effective. Other proposals in the Bill have the potential to harm workers.
Toronto / July 28, 2021
OCASI made submissions to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee (OWRAC). The Committee was established by the Ontario government to provide recommendations to shape the future of work in our province.
The OCASI submission puts forward an Action Plan to end the labour force underutilization of immigrant talent in Ontario.
Toronto / May 21, 2021
OCASI held a Town Hall for member agencies on the new temporary pathway to permanent residency on May 18, 2021.
The Town Hall was hosted by Debbie Douglas, OCASI Executive Director and featured presentations from:
Shalini Konanur, Executive Director, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
May 5, 2021 / Toronto - COVID infection rates are on the rise, particularly the more infectious variants. Study after study has shown that women and the working poor – particularly racialized and im/migrant workers are disproportionately impacted. OCASI calls on the government of Ontario to give workers at least two week of permanent, paid sick days.