OCASI Statement: Tax credit to hire immigrants

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) welcomes the proposal to encourage employers to hire immigrants by offering a tax credit. This is an investment in new Canadians that will benefit all Ontarians, since improving their integration in the labour market will serve to strengthen Ontario's economy. Let us look at why this is important and necessary.

OCASI Communiqué - Jack Layton

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) joins Canadians in mourning the passing of Jack Layton, leader of the Official Opposition and the federal New Democratic Party of Canada.

We honour his courage in battling cancer, his public service to Canada, and his commitment to his values. We appreciate his hard work on issues of concern to immigrants and refugees, over the length of his political career in municipal and later federal politics. Above all, we remember his optimism and joy for life.

Federal Budget 2011 May Have Future Cuts To Immigrant Settlement


The federal budget tabled in Parliament on Monday June 6, 2011 by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty includes $4 billion in cuts intended to aid deficit reduction. This was the biggest change from the last budget tabled on March 22, 2011 (see OCASI comments on the previous budget).

Community Groups and Women’s Organizations Oppose Conditional Visa for Sponsored Spouses


Toronto/April 25, 2011 - Refugee and immigrants rights groups, legal clinics, and women's organizations are calling on all federal parties to reject a proposed change to Canada's immigration law that will make women more vulnerable to violence and abuse.