Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) has been providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to the Ottawa community since 1978. OCISO’s award-winning programs include community integration, public education, mental health counselling, school based programs, and English language instruction to newcomers.
OCISO directly serves about 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. We have three locations in Ottawa (central and south). Our multi-faceted programs and services are delivered in over 50 languages to clients from 120 countries by OCISO’s team of knowledgeable, skilled and professional staff. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented volunteers, both established and new Canadians.
Settlement & Integration –This program offers settlement counselling, individual and group orientations, group sponsorship supports, community referrals, legal clinic, housing supports, senior’s programming.
Multicultural Counselling –This program offers language and culture specific individual, couple, group & family clinical counselling, specialized work with refugees, victims of abuse and torture.
Multicultural Liaison Program – This program offers settlement and integration supports for students, parents and school teachers and administrators- onsite settlement services at schools, youth programming during and after school hours, summer camps, youth and parent orientation and engagement.
Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) –Our fully equipped school in Ottawa south provides English language classes from pre-literacy to LINC 7, computer labs, civic engagement opportunities, field trips, cultural activities, daycare facilities for preschool children and summer camp for school aged children.
Community Economic Development - Career Mentorship - The program matches internationally educated professionals and established Canadians working in the same or related professions. Vital links include Canadian workplace culture, practices, processes and expectations.