Legislation & Public Policies
30% CUTS TO LEGAL AID ARE AN ATTACK ON RACIALIZED COMMUNITIES, IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
April 15, 2019 / Toronto, ON – The Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change (COP-COC) strongly denounces the Ontario Government’s decision to cut legal aid funding by $133 million, representing over 30% of the provincial contribution to the Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) budget.
The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
12 April 2019
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Re: Refugee human rights and Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-97
When justice is denied
April 2019 / Toronto - The space was standing room only as the Toronto Planning Group including OCASI in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office, launched Refugee Rights month. This year marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the Singh decision. Since my two decades at the Council we have marked this important Supreme Court of Canada decision each year.
Celebrate April 2019, Refugee Rights Awareness Month
April 3, 2019 / Toronto – The Toronto Planning Committee for Refugee Rights Month 2019 is proud to commemorate the important anniversary of the April 4, 1985 Supreme Court decision recognizing that refugees have fundamental rights.
March 21, 2019 / Toronto - Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) is releasing today a new set of fact sheets showing racial disparities in education & learning, employment, food & water security, health & child welfare, housing & homelessness, income & social assistance, immigration & newcomer settlement, justice & policing, and poverty, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Questions and Answers on the provision of immigration and citizenship information and advice by NGOs/SPOs (in relation to section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and section 21.1 of the Citizenship Act)
- This document was provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to the Canadian Council for Refugees in March 2019.
February 25, 2019 / Toronto – OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants welcomes the new immigrant pilot programs for Caregivers, announced by Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Saturday February 23, 2019.
December 18, 2018 / Toronto – Today, on International Migrants Day, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants celebrates the struggles, accomplishments and contributions of the thousands of migrant workers and migrants in Canada.
We remind ourselves that all migrants have basic rights in Canada, and these rights must be respected and all migrants treated with dignity.
November 22, 2018 / Toronto – OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is deeply concerned about the Ontario government’s decision to eliminate the position of the Ontario Child Advocate.
Children and youth in this province will no longer have an independent, non-partisan voice that puts their rights and well-being first. Ontario joins Prince Edward Island and the North West Territories as the only jurisdictions in Canada without an independent voice for children and youth.