Indigenous Peoples in Toronto: An Introduction for Newcomers


Toronto / July 27, 2023

The City of Toronto, in partnership with OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services has launched Indigenous Peoples in Toronto: An Introduction for Newcomers, a resource that introduces newcomers to First Nations, Inuit and Métis history, cultures and perspectives.

Toronto is one of the first municipalities in Ontario to create this type of resource for newcomers.

Take The Survey On Bill 23: Ontario's Greenbelt and Affordable Housing


Toronto / January 2023

Communities across Ontario, including community groups, affordable housing groups, environmental groups and municipalities are speaking out against the removal of protected environmentally sensitive lands from the Greenbelt through the passage of Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act.

Ishrat Jahan

Community Ambassador
TNO-The Neighbourhood Organization
Toronto Photo of Ishrat Jahan

My name is Ishrat Jahan, I came to Canada from Bangladesh. I finished my Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Dhaka. I love to travel, play badminton, design fashionable dresses, perform in theatre, cook new dishes and make new friends.

OCASI Statement – Stop Islamophobia, Hate and Terrorism


OCASI statement on the attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario

Toronto / June 8, 2021

OCASI is shocked and outraged by the mass murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunday June 6, 2021. It was a deliberate act of hate, Islamophobia and terrorism.

The Council is deeply grieved and saddened by the tragic loss of four lives of a family who were deliberately targeted because of their Muslim faith. We offer our deepest condolences to their young son who has lost his entire family to this violent attack, and to the families and communities affected.

In honour of 215 lost children


OCASI statement in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Toronto/June 2, 2021

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants mourns the children found in unmarked burial sites at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our hearts are heavy at the profound loss of 215 young lives cut short, to the families, communities, Indigenous Peoples and the country.

Healthcare For Precarious Immigrants


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.

COVID-19 Screening Checklist


The Ontario government has developed a screening tool and other information and resources that can be used by community organizations to support communities in staying safe and healthy.

These resources are shared by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

OCASI is concerned about ensuring all refugees, immigrants and migrants are included in provincial as well as federal and municipal government responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency.