Deputations & Submissions

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:

Ontario 2020 Pre-budget Submission

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 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

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.