Legislation & Public Policies

OCASI welcomes Bill 173 passing 2nd reading in the Ontario Legislature

Toronto / April 19, 2024 - OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants welcomes Bill 173: Intimate Partner Violence Epidemic Act, 2024 passing 2nd reading in the Ontario Legislature, and its’ referral to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. This brings us closer to having intimate partner violence declared an epidemic in Ontario.

OCASI Calls For A Comprehensive And Inclusive Status Regularization Program

Toronto / May 16, 2024 - Today, OCASI sent a second letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Miller, calling for urgent action on status regularization.

View the May 16 letter

Visit migrantrights.ca/take-action/email/ to take action.

Toronto / April 12, 2024

Dear Prime Minister and Minister Miller,

Re: Immigration Status Regularization - Permanent Residence For All

Participatory Policy-making with Refugee Claimants in the City of Toronto

Toronto / November 7, 2023

Participatory Policy-making with Refugee Claimants in the City of Toronto was researched and written for OCASI by Sharmarke Dubow, MPP Candidate at the University of Oxford. Mr. Dubow prepared the report as part of the 2023 Master of Public Policy summer placement at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Support Permanent Residence For All

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:


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca pm@pm.gc.ca

Employment Equity Act Review

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.

Submission On Bill 27 - Working For Workers Act

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.