Legislation & Public Policies

Media Release: Legal Aid Cuts An Attack On Immigrants, Refugees, Racialized Communities

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.

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

Where justice is denied

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.

New Fact Sheets Show Growing Racial Disparities in Canada

Media Release

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.

Section 91 Questions and Answers from IRCC

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)

Click here for the document in PDF format.

- This document was provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to the Canadian Council for Refugees in March 2019.

International Migrants Day 2018 - OCASI Statement

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.

Respect the Rights of Children and Youth

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.

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