Open Letters

Open Letter to Federal Party Leaders

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Utilizing internationally trained talent for healthy communities

13 September 2021

We the under-signed civil society organizations and groups call on federal party leaders to address long-standing licensure and employment barriers facing internationally educated health professionals as your commitment to Canadians in the 2021 federal election.

 As you are aware Canada’s healthcare system is facing a multifaceted crisis.

OCASI Calls For Vaccines For All

OCASI has asked Ontario to provide a written directive that confirms COVID-19 vaccines will be proivded to everyone in Ontario regardless of immigration status.

Read below for OCASI's letter to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services (responsible for immigration and citizenship).

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Hon. Christine Elliott
Minister of Health
College Park 5th Flr, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
christine.elliott@ontario.ca

This Violence Must End Now

Statement on Ontario Provincial Police decision to not lay charges in the death of Soleiman Faqiri
Statement By:
THE BLACK LEGAL ACTION CENTRE (BLAC)
THE SOUTH ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC OF ONTARIO (SALCO)
THE CHINESE AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC (CSALC)
THE ONTARIO COUNCIL OF AGENCIES SERVING IMMIGRANTS (OCASI)
THE URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS (UARR)
THE COLOUR OF POVERTY-COLOUR OF CHANGE (COP-COC)

August 10, 2020

Cuts To Community Legal Clinics

OCASI sent a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Justice Minister David Lametti asking for urgent federal government action to provide financial support for community legal clinics.

Community Legal Clinics (CLCs) are funded by Legal Aid Ontario. On June 12, 2019 Legal Aid Ontario announced funding cuts that will result in a decrease to the clinic system budget of approximately $15 million, or 16%. Among those most affected are certain specialized legal clinics and Toronto neighbourhood clinics - clinics that engage in test case and law reform work.

Refugee changes in Budget Implementation Bill

OCASI wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau to express concerns about the refugee changes in the Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-97. -----

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

12 April 2019

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Re: Refugee human rights and Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-97

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