Legislation & Public Policies
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:
A solidarity statement by OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Toronto / June 2, 2020 – We are in solidarity with Black Communities in Canada and across North America amidst the pain and rage we feel at the taking of another Black life - again. We mourn Regis Korchiniski-Paquet who died last week in Toronto.
We mourn George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – brutally killed in the United States, victims of anti-Black racism and White supremacy.
May 2020 / Toronto - I have spent the last month or so looking for the ‘blessings’ or ‘silver linings’ of this pandemic as the Council and the Sector shift-shaped ourselves into this new normal - a term that is quickly becoming contested (What is normal? For whom? Who defines?) as progressives dream and plan and organize for a near future that will be responsive to those who are marginalized and made most vulnerable by our economic and social systems.
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2020/Toronto
COMMUNITY GROUPS CALL ON CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND EI BENEFITS AND CANADA CHILD BENEFITS TO ALL RESIDENTS OF CANADA
As organizations working with low income people of colour, immigrants, refugees and people with precarious status, we welcome the $82 Billion aid package announced by the Canadian Government to to help Canadians through COVID-19 crisis.
March 16, 2020 / Toronto - OCASI wrote to Ontario Minister of Health -Christine Elliott, and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services - Todd Smith to ask the people with precarious immigration status are included in the Ontario government's actions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
OCASI specifically asked the Ministers to ensure that all Ontario residents have access to free, universal and expanded healthcare, including testing, without regard to immigration status or length of residence in Ontario.