Deputations & Submissions

Employment Equity Act Review

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.

OCASI Pre-Budget Submission Ontario 2022

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.

Submission On Bill 27 - Working For Workers Act

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.

OCASI Action Plan To End Labour Force Systemic Barriers

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.

OCASI states:

Pre-Budget Submission 2020

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:

Immigration Status For All

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:

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