Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

Here we post new publications (studies, reports), government notices and more.

Door opens to Chatham-Kent’s agricultural workers

Oct 19, 2021 - There has been broad praise for changes to Canada’s immigration policy announced earlier this year that provide a path to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers – including agricultural workers.

In Chatham-Kent, workers the Caribbean, Latin America and other countries are essential to agriculture. Without their efforts, the great diversity of agriculture in the municipality would not be possible.

Joe Sbrocchi, general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, said farm organizations have supported the idea for some time.

OCASI's Professional Development (PD) Conference Registration is now OPEN!

People, Power, Impact: The Future of Im/migration

Registration NOW OPEN


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Greetings Friends and Members, OCASI is pleased to announce the return of our Professional Development Conference which will take place on October 21st & 22nd, 2021. This year’s conference will take place virtually and registration is now open.

Opportunity for policy leaders: apply to Maytree Policy School 2022

Applications are open for Maytree Policy School 2022

Are you a policy professional who is in a position to influence the public policy direction of your organization and interested in enhancing your effectiveness in the policy process?

Is your organization ready to become more engaged in influencing public policy?

If yes, consider applying to Maytree Policy School.

New fund to help groups working to resettle Afghan, other refugees in Waterloo region

Sep 15, 2021 -

Individuals looking to help refugees coming to Waterloo region this year, including those from Afghanistan, can donate money to a new fund that will provide cash to organizations working to resettle people in the community.

The fund is a joint project between the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation, and the Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region.

The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation started the fund by donating $20,000.

Afghan-Canadian entrepreneur’s new mobile app helps keep civilians updated on nearby security issues

When Sara Wahedi thinks back to May 9, 2018, it began as a calm, sunny day. But as the Afghan-Canadian social entrepreneur, now 26, was walking home from the president’s office in Kabul, where she worked, people started running past her in panic. Some were screaming that there was a suicide bomber.

“His vest is not working,” one man yelled during the scramble. Ms. Wahedi only had a moment to react and started running as well. Seconds later, she heard an explosion behind her.