Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

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Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants / OCASI

Address: 110 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON
Website: http://www.ocasi.org
Founded: 1978
Contact: General Mail
Skype: "ocasi_new_media"

OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies and to coordinate responses to shared needs and concerns.

OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario.

The Mission of OCASI is to achieve equality, access and full participation for immigrants and refugees in every aspect of Canadian life.

As a council of autonomous community-based agencies which serve the immigrant communities of Ontario, OCASI asserts the right of all persons to participate fully and equitably in the social, cultural, political and economic life of Ontario.

Research projects

Ongoing projects

This is a list of current projects on the wiki. For more projects, please consult the Projects page on the OCASI website.

Current Capacity projects

SAW wiki.png NFF Immigrant and Refugee Communities Project

Assisting settlement workers at each participating organization to reach out to those closest to victims of domestic abuse - teaching them to recognize the signs of abuse and know what actions to take in response.

SAW wiki.png Welcoming and Inclusive Communities

Training for settlement workers serving immigrants with disabilities

SAW wiki.png Training for Employment Support Services

Training sessions and online self-directed learning module provide frontline workers in the settlement sector with the knowledge, skills and tools to refer clients to the employment services that they need.

Ocasi-osi.png Organizational Standards Initiative

Aim: to strengthen capacity and accountability in Ontario’s immigrant and refugee serving sector through the development and use of voluntary organizational standards and related tools.

Ocasi-psi.png Positive Spaces Initiative

(Create this page on the wiki)

Objective: to support the immigrant and refugee serving sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) newcomers.

Ocasi-conf.png Professional Development Conference

The OCASI Professional Development Conference provides an opportunity for staff from immigrant and refugee-serving agencies across Ontario to come together, network, share information about new initiatives, and exchange a wealth of expertise with each other in a relaxed and inspiring setting.

Ocasi-conf.png Executive Director Forum

The OCASI Executive Directors Forum gives sector leaders the opportunity to dialogue on sectoral priorities on policy and practice in immigrant and refugee settlement and integration.

Ocasi-pet.png Professional Education and Training

Provide professional development and training for settlement service workers, with a view to increasing skills, knowledge and capacity to deliver client services.

Current IT & New Media projects

SAW wiki.png Settlement Kiosk

Interactive, multilingual touch screen kiosks for settlement agencies, assessment centres and point of entry locations.

Ocasi-settlement.png Settlement.Org

Settlement.Org provides information newcomers can trust with information and resources to settle in Ontario, Canada

Ocasi-iml.png In My Language

An 11 language website with a broad range of information useful to new Canadians and those trying to help them.

Ocasi-ny.png New Youth

An information and referral website for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) youth across Ontario, Canada.

Ocasi-otis.png Online Tracking and Information System (OTIS)

Providing settlement workers, agencies and funders with access to professional, standardized and useful data collection tools to record, plan and report on client-service activities.

Ocasi-etab.png Etablissement.Org

Etablissement.Org offers French-speaking newcomers a whole range of trustworthy information and resources covering various topics such as Employment, Housing, Health care, Education of children and adult, French Services, Immigration and more.

SAW wiki.png Settlement At Work

The Settlement At Work project is dedicated to increasing the capacity of those involved in the settlement sector to raise their resilience, responsiveness and quality of services for Newcomers. The project aims to share knowledge, best practices and innovative approaches for service delivery.

icon-simple.png SecteurEtablissement.Org

A site supporting the Francophone settlement sector by providing information and resources focused on professional development, capacity building, promising practices and information-sharing.

Other pages


See also