OCASI is involved in the following research projects and partnerships:
CERIS - Centre for Excellence in Research on Immigration and Settlement
OCASI is part of the Governance Board of CERIS. CERIS is a consortium of three Toronto-area universities, and is a research knowledge creation and transfer network that focuses on the resettlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in Ontario.
CERIS promotes and supports innovative policy-relevant research projects.
Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI)
OCASI is part of the core TIEDI research team.
The purpose of the project is to provide organizations who support the labour market integration of immigrants and refugees with free access to statistical data and analysis on various aspects of immigrant labour market integration.
MIII: Immigrant integration and inclusion: Investigating the Canadian Partnership Model from a Complex-System Perspective
OCASI is a community partner. This is a pan-Canadian research project that is investigating the Canadian partnership model of immigrant integration and inclusion using a complex-system perspective.
The integration of immigrants is a complex system involving partnerships among the various levels of government, between government and non-governmental organizations, and among the different organizations providing services to immigrants.
The goal is to provide insight into the successes and challenges of Canada's unique model of immigrant integration and will help inform future government policies.
Pathways to Prosperity Partnership
OCASI is a project partner.
This project brings together researchers, government departments, and community partners from coast to coast to improve policies and practices that help attract, settle and integrate newcomers in communities across Canada – particularly in medium-sized and small cities and towns.
Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights Project
OCASI is an active research participant in this project and is the Community Chair of the Canadian research team.
Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is an international participatory action research project that is studying these developments, in selected nations that were colonized by the British Empire.
The project is based at York University, and is documenting and analyzing:
- criminalization of people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI);
- social movement histories resisting criminalization, and seeking to advance SOGI rights;
- flight from violence and persecution; and
- interaction between international treaty body human rights mechanisms and LGBT rights initiatives.
Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) - Vulnerable Workers Project
OCASI is a member of the advisory group for this project, which considers the degree of legal protection afforded to persons in part-time work, short contract positions and other forms of “precarious” work, against the background of the social issues affecting vulnerable workers.
The purpose of the project is to make recommendations with respect to the statutory framework and compliance mechanisms related to precarious work, as well as recommendations in relation to the social ramifications arising from this work.
Law Commission of Ontario – Community Council
OCASI is a member of LCO's Community Council. The LCO is an independent organization that researches issues and recommends law reform measures to make the law accessible to all Ontario communities.
The Council's mandate is to assist the LCO in its consultations and to provide expertise to the consideration of new and on-going projects.
CIHR Emerging Team in HIV and Co-infections - The Epidemiology of co-infections in HIV affected communities from Toronto Canada
OCASI is a member of the Advisory Committee for this project.
The goal of this study is to define community epidemiology of HIV and co-infections and determine how they drive HIV transmission and translate these results into planning better health programs for the African and Caribbean communities, one of the groups highly affected by HIV in Canada.
It is a collaboration of the University of Toronto, Women's Health in Women's Hands (WHIWH) Community Health Centre and Maple Leaf Medical Clinic (MLMC).