Deputations & Submissions
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:
June 25, 2020 / Toronto - OCASI called for regularization of immigration status for all in an appearance before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
OCASI Executive Director Debbie Douglas appeared as a witness before the Committee on Monday June 22, 2020. In her testimony, she called for:
2020 Pre-Budget Submission by OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
To Ontario Ministry of Finance – 2020 Budget Consultations
February 11, 2020
a. Newcomer Settlement Program and Language Training enable community-based organizations to deliver services to help newcomers become established more quickly. They are an important resource for the rural and northern immigration pilot program and expansion of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
OCASI made the following submission to Ontario Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli for the 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Consulations.
OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants submission to Minister of Finance – Ontario 2019 Pre-Budget Consultations
International talent attraction and integration through immigration is among Ontario’s top advantages. Immigrants and refugees make significant economic, social and cultural contributions, and help to sustain stable communities.
January 2019/ Toronto - Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP-COC) has submitted a Proposed Framework for a New Anti-Racism Strategy for Canada to the Canadian government's consultations on a new national anti-racism strategy.
The federal government has proposed an Open Work Permit program for migrant workers facing abuse or the risk of abuse, as well as for their families in Canada. The proposal was published in the Canada Gazette on December 15, 2018 as a notice to amend Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Regulations. Click here for the Gazette Notice.
OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP-COC), Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario call for the inclusion of the health sector in the Ontario government's data collection regulations under the Anti-Racism Act (2017).