Media Releases

OCASI Statement: Elected Leaders Must Do Better – Stand Against Racism and Xenophobia

Toronto / June 4, 2024

OCASI strongly condemns the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiments expressed last week by Ontario Premier Ford in his comments regarding a school shooting in Toronto. These sentiments stereotype and scapegoat refugees and immigrants, and only serve to deepen existing xenophobia, and divide rather than unite. Words matter, especially from heads of government and elected leaders.

Media Release: Community Groups Call for Urgent Action to Address Refugee Housing Crisis

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FCJ Refugee Centre
COSTI Community Services
Skills For Change

Toronto / June 28, 2023

Community groups in Toronto are calling on the governments of Canada and Ontario, and Toronto’s new Mayor Olivia Chow, to act urgently to provide emergency and long-term shelter for refugee claimants in Toronto.

OCASI Launches a New Ad Campaign to Help Immigrants and Refugees Find the Services They Need / OCASI lance une nouvelle campagne publicitaire pour aider les immigrants et les réfugiés à trouver les services dont ils ont besoin

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advertisement for Here to Home campaign

Toronto / June 8, 2023

OCASI has brought together a group of provincial organizations to launch a campaign designed to bridge the gap between help needed by the immigrant and refugee populations and help available.

We Can No Longer Wait To Address Anti-Black Hate

TORONTO, May 17, 2022 - "Milk, eggs, cereal for tomorrow's breakfast, and chicken for dinner tonight because we ran out." Many family and friends, we imagine, would have had a similar conversation as they went through the checklist before their loved ones headed off on one of the most mundane and unremarkable of human rituals, the weekend run to the supermarket.

Media Release: Open Letter to Federal Party Leaders

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Toronto / 13 September 2021

Over 200 Sign Open Letter To Federal Party Leaders:
Let Internationally Educated Health Professionals Serve Canadians

Today over 50 civil society organizations and groups and over 200 individuals sent an open letter calling on federal party leaders to make an election commitment to address licensure  barriers faced by Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs).

COVID-19 Reconstruction Plan Must Address Systemic Racial Inequalities

Canada’s COVID-19 Reconstruction Plan Must Address Systemic Racial Inequalities

September 8, 2020 / Toronto - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious economic and social havoc. It has exposed and made worse the racial inequities that already existed in Canada. Colour of Poverty  – Colour of Change (COP-COC) calls on all political parties to address systemic and structural racial inequalities post-pandemic by releasing a Reconstruction and Reset Plan for Canada today. 

Media Release: Extend Government Benefits To All Residents

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2020/Toronto


As organizations working with low income people of colour, immigrants, refugees and people with precarious status, we welcome the $82 Billion aid package announced by the Canadian Government to to help Canadians through COVID-19 crisis.