Plenary Session Descriptions

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Burst Talk: Sharing the Wisdom; Still Going

Hear from 3 dynamic speakers on what has inspired and driven thier work over the years in the sector.

Anti-Poverty Agenda: Where are the Immigrants, Women and Racialized, including Indigenous People?

Indigenous peoples, immigrants and refugees and racialized peoples are over-represented in poverty. They face disproportionate disadvantage in employment, housing, education, healthcare and more. Among them, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people face the highest disadvantage. Without explicit and targeted measures, a general poverty reduction strategy will not include these populations, and will leave them all behind.

The Ontario government began a basic income pilot project, passed poverty reduction legislation and adopted an anti-poverty strategy. Three government-appointed working groups produced an Income Security roadmap that calls for transformational change to social assistance and other income supports.

As of summer 2018 the federal government was working on a national poverty reduction strategy and a national housing strategy, which promise to improve economic well-being across Canada.

Are Immigrants, Refugees, Racialized and Indigenous peoples counted in these plans? Will they see real change in their circumstances and life chances?

This panel will explore the role of civil society, private sector and government in moving forward an equitable and representative anti-poverty agenda.

Immigrant and Refugee Settlement in Ontario: A Provincial and Federal Discussion.

Join Assistant Deputy Ministers Cindy Lam and David Manicom in conversation about immigrant and refugee settlement and integration in Ontario and nationally.

See the Concurrent Session Descriptions

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Panel - Feminism(s): Where are we?

The global refugee crisis is a feminist issue; migration is a feminist issue. Globally, almost half the people on the move for safety or opportunity are women and girls. They are particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation. They face double discrimination as refugees or migrants and because of their gender.

Governments around the world and in Canada are starting to apply a gender based plus lens in laws and policies. Some, including the Government of Canada, have promised a gender equal budget.

How can these promises be made real for Ontario’s immigrant and refugee-serving sector? What does equity look like for women-centered organizations and the women and girls they serve?

This panel will explore where civil society organizations, labour, private sector and government are in advancing feminism(s) in Ontario and in Canada, and opportunities to advance a shared feminist

Panel - Precarious Work: The Gig economy and the Non-profit Sector

Precarious employment is growing in Ontario, and it has become commonplace. Precarious work is characterized by low wages, little or no benefits, is often short-term, part-time or on-call, and there is no job security. Despite labour market improvements in the past five years all workers did not benefit equitable. The combination of race, gender and immigration status has an influence on the type of job, wages and more, including for those with high levels of education.

The Ontario non-profit sector collectively is among the largest employment sectors in the province. Part-time and precarious work has been present in the sector for many years, and has grown over time.How is the Ontario non-profit sector responding to the growth of precarious work in the sector? How do sector employers address the disproportionate disparities of race, gender and immigration status in the sector workforce?

Panelists will address these questions, as well as share their vision for decent work and what social justice organizations can do to disrupt the idea that precarious work is inevitable in the present economy.