News from Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for 170 agencies serving immigrants and coordinates response to the shared needs and concerns of these agencies.

OCASI is responsible for a number of projects including:

Settlement.Org is a website that provides information for newcomers. On Settlement.Org, you will find current information on topics such as employment, education, healthcare, and housing. Settlement.Org also provides access to local immigrant-serving agencies, multilingual information, and an online community for those seeking answers to their resettlement questions. is a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

Other OCASI Websites:


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OCASI's Myths and Facts about Refugee Claimants

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) has put together a list of myths and facts to counter misleading information about refugee claimants.

July 10, 2018

Refugee advocates urge Ontario to stay at the table

Ontario groups are urging the Ontario Government to stay engaged in intergovernmental collaboration to resettle the large numbers of refugee claimants arriving irregularly from the U.S.

July 09, 2018

Seeking mental health providers for a study to develop best mental health practices for forced migrants

Mental health providers in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal are sought to participate in interviews, for a study to develop best mental health practices for forced migrants.

June 14, 2018

February 6: Community Roundtable: Access to Shelters for LGBTQIA+ Immigrants and Refugees

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: The 519, Grand Ballroom, 519 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

This is an opportunity to discuss the strengths and gaps in finding appropriate shelter and housing for LGBTQIA* immigrants and refugees (including newcomers) living in the GTA.

January 12, 2018

April 20: Refugee Rights Public Forum: The Singh Decision Matters in 2017

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET

Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto M5R 1C7

Panel discussion on refugee rights in 2017: is Toronto really a sanctuary city / refugee experience with Islamophobia, anti-black racism / healthcare for refugees / refugee claimants and human rights.

April 17, 2017

Stop Citizenship Bill Language / Knowledge Test Amendment

OCASI urges you to tell your MP to reject the language amendment, which increases the requirement of language & knowledge test for citizenship from age 55 to 60.

April 13, 2017

March 22: Organizing Against Violence Against Women in an Age of Racism and Xenophobia

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

Where: Online

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - invites you to participate in a webinar, "Hands Off My Sister!"

March 16, 2017

Request to Fill Out the Community Agency Services Survey

Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic will launch a province-wide 1-800 number to provide summary legal advice and information to the communities they serve.

January 16, 2017

November 9: Shut it Down: Challenging Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism in our communities

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto, on York Mills Road near Don Mills

This is a panel discussion to be presented at the OCASI Annual General Meeting 2016.

October 12, 2016

June-October: Trauma and Refugee Mental Health Training

OCASI has been providing training for front-line workers in OCASI member agencies, on war trauma and refugee mental health. In-person training sessions have begun across the province.

June 21, 2016

April 4: Forum on Refugee Rights in 2016

When: Monday, April 4, 2016, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Women's College Hospital Auditorium, 76 Grenville Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, M5S 1B2

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This is a panel presentation and discussion on refugee determination, detention, healthcare, and more, and featuring Spoken Word performance by refugee youth.

March 14, 2016

Sept.-Oct.: OCASI's E-learning Training on Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

When: Course SV D, September 10 - October 15; Course SV E, September 18 - October 23

Where: Online


This course is intended to help frontline practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to understand issues of sexual violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.

September 05, 2014

Canadians Call on Minister of Immigration to Celebrate Family Day By Strengthening Family Class Reunification

A coalition of organizations and academic institutes across Canada are calling on the Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to mark Family Day 2014 by strengthening the family class immigration program.

February 14, 2014 - OCASI Launches New Website & App To Help Youth Study For The Citizenship Test is a new national website and Android / iPhone app that helps young people study for the citizenship test and learn about the benefits of Canadian citizenship.

November 05, 2013

March 20: Panel Discussion on Voting Rights for Permanent Residents in Toronto

Date Wednesday March 20, 2013
Time 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Place Novella Room, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Contact Amy Casipullai at OCASI, 416-322-4950 ext. 239, or Jehad Aliweiwi at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office,  416-421-1495,

OCASI and Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office invite you to a panel discussion on Voting Rights for Permanent Residents in Municipal Elections: Citizen Engagement or Citizenship Devaluation?

March 07, 2013

April 4: Refugee Rights Day Activities

Date April 4, 2011

Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each April 4th to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Supreme Court Singh decision in 1985.

March 28, 2011

Making Ontario Home: Survey for Newcomers to Ontario launched

The survey will gather information about the service needs of immigrants and refugees to Ontario, assess their satisfaction with services, and identify how services might be improved.

February 01, 2011

Launched: SWAVE online community dedicated to issues of violence against newcomer, immigrant, and refugee women

SWAVE - Settlement Workers Against Violence Everywhere - is OCASI's online community dedicated to issues of violence against newcomer, immigrant and refugee women.

February 01, 2011

New Site for French Speaking Settlement Workers

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants has launched a new site that will support the Francophone settlement sector by providing information and resources focused on professional development, capacity building, promising practices, and information-sharing.

July 07, 2010

Basic Settlement Information Available in 17 Languages

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants has rolled out 136 videos in 17 languages to quickly highlight services that very recent newcomers (or those getting ready to come) might not know about.

June 14, 2010