Deputations & Submissions
OCASI made the following four recommendations for the 2023 Federal Budget, in our pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance.
1. Establish a minimum core funding threshold that invests in quality services and decent work for the non-profit immigrant and refugee serving sector and the larger non-profit sector.
April 2022 / Toronto
Remove the term “visible minority”, use the term “racialized people” as a designated group and remove citizenship status discrimination. These are some of the recommendations we made in a joint submission to the Federal Employment Equity Act Review Task Force. Read the joint submission by Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and OCASI.
Toronto / January 26, 2022
OCASI made a verbal presentation on January 19, 2022 to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs for its Ontario 2022 Pre-Budget consultations, and made a written submission.
Almost two years into the health pandemic we have ample evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased long-standing structural and societal inequalities. Indigenous, Black and racialized communities – including immigrants and refugees - were put at higher risk of exposure to the virus and were at higher risk of contracting the infection.
Toronto / November18, 2021
OCASI made a written submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 27: Working for Workers Act, 2021.
The Bill proposes certain changes that are intended to address exploitation and abuse by recruiters. It is not certain if these proposals will be effective. Other proposals in the Bill have the potential to harm workers.
Toronto / July 28, 2021
OCASI made submissions to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee (OWRAC). The Committee was established by the Ontario government to provide recommendations to shape the future of work in our province.
The OCASI submission puts forward an Action Plan to end the labour force underutilization of immigrant talent in Ontario.
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: