In the Field Newsletter Volume 132



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In Search of Refuge

The first note of alarm came by email through the African Solidarity Network e-list. The Network is an alliance of leaders of African descent from the continent and the diaspora. The leadership of the Ethiopian Association, a longtime OCASI member agency, was reaching out for support from other service agencies. There were a number of refugee claimants from Ethiopia who found themselves homeless on the streets of Toronto.

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Service Providers Workshop Series on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (Hybrid)

This 4-part hybrid FREE workshop series aims to strengthen health, social and community service providers' knowledge about the practice and the provision of quality care to women and girls living with or at risk of FGM/C.
Deadline for registration is Jul 28, 2023

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OCASI 2023 Professional Development Conference -  
Apply now: Marketplace Display Tables

October 26-27, 2023
Pan Pacific Toronto, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario (More details)

Do you have a social enterprise? A small business?  Want to promote a program or service?
Application Deadline: Friday, July 21, 2023

Apply for your marketplace display table today! »

Colloque de Perfectionnement professionnel d'OCASI 2023 - Soumettez une demande dès maintenant : Tables d'exposition à l'Espace marché

Les 26 et 27 octobre 2023
Pan Pacific Toronto, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario (détails supplémentaires)

Avez-vous une entreprise sociale ? Une petite entreprise ? Vous souhaitez promouvoir un programme ou un service ?
Date limite pour la soumission d'une demande de participation : vendredi, le 21 juillet 2023

Demandez votre table de présentation dès aujourd'hui! »

RFP: Online Course Content Development

OCASI is seeking proposals to develop and update the content of the “Foundations of Settlement Work in Ontario” (FSW), a self-directed e-learning course in English and French. The project is to begin in August 2023, with completion by January 31, 2024.
Proposal submission due date –  July 24, 2023, by 5:00 PM ET.

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Capacity Building and Training for Small Black-led and Racialized Organizations Project

OCASI has launched a new capacity-building program grounded in anti-racism and equity that builds the capacity of Smaller, Black-led and Racialized Organizations (SBLROs) to successfully navigate government funding processes and apply for and manage funding opportunities. To learn more, contact us by email

Upcoming Self-Directed E-Learning Courses - Registration is open now - Learn At Work

OCASI invites you to register for the upcoming Professional Development Training programs:
For the upcoming course details and register by August 25, 2023, please follow these links:
Training for Employment Support Services »
Foundations of Settlement Work Level 1 »

Prochains cours d’auto-apprentissage en ligne - Les inscriptions sont ouvertes - Learn At Work 

OCASI vous invite à vous inscrire aux prochains programmes de formation professionnelle : 
Pour obtenir des détails sur les cours à venir et vous inscrire avant le 15 septembre 2023, veuillez suivre ces liens:
Formation pour les services de soutien à l’emploi »
Fondements du travail d’établissement niveau 1 »

OCASI Client Management System (OCMS)

Are you looking for a client management system that works well for your agency? Try OCMS! Please watch the OCMS video. We are proud of our work and our clients. To join our growing list of clients, contact us at



Confronting Anti-Black Racism, Islamophobia Conference

Save the date for this conference organized by the African Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC), to be held at York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, on September 29 - 30, 2023. 

Contact ACSDC for more information »

Y MIND Free Mental Wellness Program

Y Mind by YMCA  is a no cost, early intervention program that helps teens (13-18) and young adults (18-30) manage stress and anxiety. Y Mind helps young people cope with anxiety and improve their sense of well-being by introducing them to evidence-based tools and connecting them with others.

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Survey: Human Rights, Gender, & Emergency Shelters in Canada

The purpose of this survey is to understand service providers’ perspectives on applying human rights principles and gender-sensitive approaches within emergency shelters in Canada and to develop national rights-based shelter standards using a GBA+ framework to advance the right to housing for women and gender-diverse people. 

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The Tenant Leaders’ Toolbox: Resources for Housing Rights Advocacy

This toolkit offers tenant leaders with a range of practical information to support their advocacy work to claim the right to housing in their communities. It provides an overview of the main principles of the right to housing, Canada’s obligations, and government policies. It includes practical tools to help tenants mobilize their communities and effectively participate in decision-making processes.  

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Contribute to OHRC’s Action Plan to Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Education

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is accepting written submissions to identify concrete and practical solutions to combat anti-Black racism and hold duty-holders accountable. Visit to learn how to send in your submissions. Community engagements will be held this summer and fall. 
Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2023.

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Reimagining Settlement Funding and Service Delivery to Improve Outcomes for Newcomers 

This report from Social Planning Toronto explores how immigrant and refugee settlement and integration outcomes are impacted by the current model of funding and service delivery.

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What We Heard Report: Anti-Black Racism in Education Roundtables

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released its report on Anti-Black Racism in Ontario’s publicly-funded Education System. The report summarizes key themes from two days of roundtable discussions with students and duty-holders in the education sector on addressing systemic discrimination in Ontario’s publicly funded education system.

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Increasing Affordable Rental Housing in Toronto – Developments and Setbacks

In a previous Rights Review, the Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) network built the case for applying a rights-based approach to create more affordable rental housing options for lower-income renters. A year later, given the situation's urgency, their new report takes stock of the developments and setbacks in their efforts.

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Skills Development Fund - Capital Stream 

Ontario’s Skills Development Fund Capital Stream offers funding to eligible organizations to build new training centres, upgrade existing training centres or convert an existing building into a training centre. The centres will train people for emerging and in-demand jobs in Ontario.
Application Deadline is September 25, 2023, at 4:00 PM ET. 

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Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants

Youth Innovations Scale Grants support youth-led grassroots groups and youth-adult partnerships who want to expand their reach or enhance their impact on young people.
Expression of Interest Deadline is August 23, 2023, at 5 PM ET.

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Youth Innovations Test Grants support youth-led and youth-adult partnerships to research important issues, explore different approaches, and test new ideas to improve youth social and economic well-being.
Expression of Interest Deadline is August 23, 2023, at 5 PM ET.

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