Council of Agencies Serving South Asians  (CASSA)

Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)

Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to issues related to social justice and economic justice and works to support South Asian communities in Canada.

CASSA Organization Profile

OUR MISSION is to facilitate the economic, social, political, and cultural, empowerment of South Asians by serving as a resource for information, research, mobilization, coordination, and leadership on social justice issues affecting our communities. We create social change by building alliances and working collaboratively with those who share a vision of empowering all communities to participate in defining Canada’s future.

We strive for a free of all forms of discrimination where all South Asian communities are free from marginalization and are fully empowered to participate in defining Canada’s political, economic, social, and cultural future. Our initiatives include:

  • Welcoming Communities Ontario
    : a three-year project funded by the Canadian Heritage that aims to bring the multi-stakeholders including the government, education, employers, settlement services, community groups and residents together in order to address the needs of access, equity, and inclusion. The long-term goal is to engage immigrants as partners in the community building process through a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive approach.
  • Racism Free Ontario
    : An ongoing project that deals with creating public awareness that racism is existent in the Canadian society as well as to educate communities that racism is living within their structures, policies, and practices. CASSA takes an initiative to promote anti-racism related projects to support and showcase and profiles addressing racism.
  • Brown Canada Project
    : A community-led project documenting, creating and sharing diverse South Asian histories in Canada.
  • Health and Equity for South Asians: Serving as a portal of information that connects those of the community to resources that are culturally appropriate and accessible quality health care to provided to south Asian communities
  • South Asian Youth Advisory Committee
    : Is a group of vibrant young activists, leaders and frontline workers across the GTA host events celebrating youth activism and social justice issues. We had a successful 5th annual Fires of Resistance conference on the 4th of July 2012.
  • Generations of Change 2012
    : South Asian Women’s Action Collective in the Scarborough-area to come up with the strategies to put an end to systemic and domestic violence against women.

JOIN US AT THE TORONTO MELA: Council of Agencies Serving South Asians with support from the City of Toronto cordially invites you to our first annual Toronto Mela 2012. Through Toronto Mela, CASSA celebrates South Asian cultural heritage and histories. We will be showcasing cultural arts, literature, dance and music, delicious cuisine from different South Asian cultures. We will also have vendors promoting their products and services to our cultured spectators.

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Where: Albert Campbell Square
Time: 12 noon. to 9pm

EVENT OBJECTIVES: Through Toronto Mela, we look to increase community awareness on cultural diversity. Through volunteering at CASSA, youth get the opportunity to gain skills such as leadership, event management and community outreach. As a result of this event, more than 100 Volunteers will gain skills in event management, organizing community programs and leadership. Follow us on twitter
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There are many ways to get involved with CASSA. Your involvement is much appreciated. Check out ways to get connected with our organization on our website at


CASSA operates as a volunteer driven organization. If you’re interested in volunteering on the day of the event or become a regular volunteer please email us at


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If you’re interested to reserve a booth to promote any products and services please contact us at 416-932-1359 Ext- 12 or email us at


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The Toronto Mela is proudly sponsored by