OCASI Executive Director Debbie Douglas appeared as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to present on Bill S-7, Barbaric Cultural Practices Act on May 6, 2015. The Bill proposes new measures with respect to forced marriage and polygamy, including changes to immigration law.
Deputations & Submissions
OCASI Executive Director Debbie Douglas appeared as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to present on ‘Promoting Economic Prosperity through Settlement Services' on March 26, 2015.
She made the following observations in her presentation:
OCASI was invited by the Task Force reviewing the Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) to participate in consultations on the Prevention of the Sexual Abuse of Patients.
The Task Force was appointed by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Ontario), to begin its review in January 2015. Consultations began in late February 2015.
The OCASI presentation to the Task Force focused on the experience of immigrant and refugee women, and women without immigration status, and included the included the following recommendations:
The OCASI submission for Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations 2013 is focused on challenges in the year ahead, facing immigrants and refugees, and the immigrant and refugee-serving sector in Ontario.
In July of 2012, OCASI was invited by the Committe for the Rights of the Child, an independent body which monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to submit a shadow report on the state of children's rights in Canada. This report was presented in Geneva, Switzerland in the Fall of 2012.
OCASI submitted the following letter in response to the posting of proposed regulatory changes regarding the reporting requirements for "designated foreign nationals" as required by the recent passing of Bill C-31 into legislation. The posting on the Gazette can be found here.