Joint Submission to CEDAW

OCASI collaborated with Colour of Poverty Campaign/Colour of Change Network (COP-COC), Metro Toronto Chinese & South East Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) on a Joint Submission to the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The submission was prepared with respect to the Committee's upcoming review of Canada at its 65th Session (24 Oct 2016 - 18 Nov 2016).

The Joint Submission highlighted the following concerns:

Media Release: COP-COC Proposes Draft Anti-Racism Directorate Legislation

For Immediate Release

Racialized Community Coalition Launches Legislative Framework for the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate

October 4, 2016 / Toronto / On this day of Sisters in Spirit Vigils held across the country to honour missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP – COC) launched a legislative framework that it has proposed to the Ontario Government, in order to support and strengthen the mandate of the Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD).

Call For A Strong Anti-Racism Directorate

Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change ( July 11, 2016 ) - The Government of Ontario has committed to creating an Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD). It is now engaging in a series of community dialogues with the public to provide feedback on the ARD’s mandate, and identify priority areas of the directorate’s work, to apply an anti-racism perspective to all government policies, practices, programs and services.

Proposed Anti-Racism Act for Ontario

Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change on Tuesday October 4, 2016, launched a legislative framework that it has proposed to the Ontario Government, in order to support and strengthen the mandate of the Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD). Read below for the proposed draft legislation, or scroll down for the document in PDF format.

An Act respecting Anti-Racism in Ontario


Media Advisory: Anti-Racism Legislation

Media Advisory: Community Organizations Push Ontario Government to Adopt Anti-Racism Legislative Framework

TORONTO, ON--(September 30, 2016) - A coalition of community organizations will be launching a proposed legislative framework for the newly established Anti-Racism Directorate in Ontario at a press conference on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the office of TAIBU Community Health Center, 27 Tapscott Rd #1, Scarborough, Ontario.

OCASI’s Anti-Islamophobia, Xenophobia, and Racism Campaign Pushes Torontonians to Examine Their Beliefs


June 20, 2016/Toronto - Today, on World Refugee Day, OCASI calls on all Ontarians to create welcoming communities for refugees and to play a meaningful role in eliminating barriers that prevent refugees from fully participating in Canadian society.

The United Nations says, “Every minute eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.” This does not mean that people arrive to safety or that they are welcomed immediately by any country, be it neighboring or far away.

The City of Toronto and OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants launches an educational campaign addressing xenophobia & islamophobia

June 14, 2016



The City of Toronto and OCASI-the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants are launching a Toronto public education campaign to address xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiments.

Community Response to Ontario Carding Regulations


Community groups are deeply concerned by Ontario's new regulations on carding and street checks by Police. The African Canadian Legal Clinic points out that the Regulation will not adequately protect African Canadians, and will not prohibit anti-Black racism and racial profiling. The Urban Alliance on Race Relations says that the regulations fall short addressing key issues of transparency and accountability by Police, and does not address the racial profiling of Black youth. The regulations were released on March 22, 2016 by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.