In December 2015, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants with financial support from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade (MCIIT), undertook an environmental scan to assess the existing capacity and service gaps of refugee and immigrant-serving organizations in Ontario to meet the needs of large numbers of Syrian refugee arrivals.
New Report - Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?
The final report from the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights research project, released on September 29, 2015 looks at the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) asylum seekers living in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and the experiences of community service providers. The report offers 37 recommendations for improving policies and services.
Settling in a new country means finding a new home, literally. As they search for housing, Canadian immigrant and refugee women can face some of the biggest barriers. They often need expert advice that fits their complex needs, including their immigration status, housing affordability and eligibility requirements for specific housing programs.
The Settlement and Integration Needs of Francophone LGBTQIA Immigrants and Refugees in Ontario
Between March and December 2014, FrancoQueer and OCASI – the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants worked collaboratively on an assessment of the settlement and integration needs of Francophone LGBTQIA immigrants and refugees in Ontario.
Erratum – Making Ontario Home - Francophone Access to English Language Training
On page 72 of the MOH report, under “Language training programs and services”, it is erroneously reported that a French-speaking focus group participant was unable to take federally-funded LINC English classes because he already spoke an official language.
MOH focus group participants who live with disabilities indicated that the single most important challenge for them is that settlement and integration services are not necessarily designed to serve their unique needs. Meanwhile, services for those with disabilities are not specifically geared to meet the needs of immigrants. For example, participants stated that LINC does not offer classes for the visually impaired, while Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) does not offer much in the way of training or materials to those who do not speak English or French.
Community groups concerned about the status of immigrant and refugee women due to the change in government policy and direction over the last five years came together to compile a joint report on issues of mutual concern. The focus was on the impact of some of the major changes in the area of immigration policy and practice.