Legislation & Public Policies
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.
Toronto / April 16, 2021
On April 14, 2021 Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino announced a temporary public policy that would provide new pathways to permanent residency for essential workers and international graduates.
OCASI has asked Ontario to provide a written directive that confirms COVID-19 vaccines will be proivded to everyone in Ontario regardless of immigration status.
Read below for OCASI's letter to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services (responsible for immigration and citizenship).
Hon. Christine Elliott
Minister of Health
College Park 5th Flr, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
COVID-19 Recovery and Reconstruction
Proposals and recommendations from OCASI and other civil society organizations:
Reconstruction and Reset: A Plan for Canada
By Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change. September 2020
Toronto / August 19, 2020 - Migrants, refugees, undocumented people, workers and students are taking to the streets on August 23rd to call for full and permanent immigration status for all.
Parliament may be prorogued but migrants are still in crisis.
Actions in ten cities and five provinces are calling for the expansion of the newly announced pathway to permanent residency for some refugees in healthcare to include everyone in the country without permanent resident status.
This is a recording of an OCASI webinar held on August 12, 2020.
The Impact of COVID-19 in the Immigration System: Measures in the Refugee Process
Presented by Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced government institutions to work differently.
Statement on Ontario Provincial Police decision to not lay charges in the death of Soleiman Faqiri
THE BLACK LEGAL ACTION CENTRE (BLAC)
THE SOUTH ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC OF ONTARIO (SALCO)
THE CHINESE AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC (CSALC)
THE ONTARIO COUNCIL OF AGENCIES SERVING IMMIGRANTS (OCASI)
THE URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS (UARR)
THE COLOUR OF POVERTY-COLOUR OF CHANGE (COP-COC)
August 10, 2020
Toronto / August 7, 2020
OCASI provided a written submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance for its pre-budget consultations.
The OCASI submission called for a revamp of the immigration and refugee system to make the systems fair and more accessible. OCASI also made recommendations to advance racial equity and eliminate racial discrimination.
Recommendation 1 – Revamp the immigration and refugee system as follows: