OCISO | Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 2018-07-03T12:39:13+00:00

Settlement & Integration

Employment | OCISO


Clinical Counselling | OCISO

Clinical Counselling

School Supports | MLO | OCISO

School Supports

Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) | OCISO

 Language Instruction

Youth Program | YOCISO

Youth Program

Board of Directors | Call for Nominations

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through the journey of making Canada their home? Apply Now!

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Looking for a place to volunteer, share your skills & have an impact in #Ottawa? We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities which are designed to be personally rewarding while supporting our communities. https://t.co/GTdHDga8Pd

Nominations for the 2018 Immigrant #Entrepreneur Awards are open. Do you know an immigrant to Canada who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the #Ottawa economy? Nominate them today! #cdnimm

Want to make a difference in your community? Become a Mentor in our Immigrant Women Mentoring Network. Support #cdnimm women in their career development today! https://t.co/Pwy7Q4GiIL #mentorship

Know an isolated immigrant senior? Connect them to our Settlement & Integration services. We can help. https://t.co/I0VX3YlNtN

Great job opportunity for any newcomers who are looking to work and enhance their skills in customer service and hospitality. Lots of positions are available to work at @UOttawa! If interested click the link below to register: https://t.co/GpQuaSAVhg

Have you or your organisations been involved in welcoming refugees to Canada? Share your stories and be part of @refugee613's #ShowYourWelcome campaign! #cdnimm #cdnpoli #WithRefugees

Today at the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Arts workshop, Cooking & picnic in the park, Basketball! #cdnimm #Ottawa #youth, Join us from 12-5, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor.

Arabic + English #WalkIn #Counselling today 11am-5pm at #Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization @OttawaOCISO (Last session 3:30pm)

We serve over 10,000 newcomers every year. We rely on community donors & sponsors in addition to the funding we receive. Your contributions enable us to continue to offer our wide-ranging programs & to effectively meet the emerging needs in our community. https://t.co/HSH4opGLB9

Did you know we provide service in over 13 languages? If you know a newcomer navigating their new city and doesn't speak English, we can help! Connect with our OCISO staff in your language. https://t.co/qX4wpJANjO

Like the work we do? Become a member! We encourage you to become involved with our programs and activities to help us carry out our mandate of supporting immigrants through their journey of making Ottawa their home. https://t.co/iUkazNrikv

Surrounded by friends, Lucia Cabrera works with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants to support the resettlement of refugees in Ottawa. “They are very resilient and optimistic for a bright future.” Lucia works hard to turn her challenges into opportunities! #ShowYourWelcome

#Canada's 2nd largest food retailer @sobeys will soon be selling @Peacebychoco bars nationwide, including their new #Pride Flag Bar 🏳️‍🌈, where $1 fr each Pride-themed 🍫 will go to @PhoenixHfx, a youth support group!

Another great example of how #refugees contribute to 🇨🇦!

CTV News on Twitter

“Sobeys to sell refugee chocolatier's bars and boxes nationwide https://t.co/CBIEYdCKdV”


Diversity makes us stronger! A big part of Canadian culture has always been through merging, sharing, and growing our communities through acceptance and welcoming. Welcoming people from all parts of life and helping them grow into our communities is great way to #ShowYourWelcome

Today at the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Knowledge is power, Guest speaker, Boardgames championship and Power Hour! #cdnimm #Ottawa #youth, Join us from 12-5, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor.

@FoFOCISO Monthly event: July 22 from 2-4pm at Carleton Heights Community Centre. Come and learn about Urban Wildlife with the @ottawahumane. Fun, family-friendly and geared especially for @OttawaOCISO newcomers, but all are welcome! Please spread the word! #ShowYourWelcome

🔎Take a look at our fact sheet below to learn about who can get #refugee protection in #Canada ⬇️

For more information for #asylumseekers visit: https://t.co/AkpRRbSGIJ

Check 5 small everyday acts of inclusion that influence the organizational culture and help to promote inclusion https://t.co/E62cBg7O5N #Diversity #Ott #ottcity #HR

Love this! It's especially important for newcomers- especially those who are seeking help for important issues- to receive this type of information and are aware of the resources around them that can provide them with the support they need. An amazing #ShowYourWelcome✨

Connecting Ottawa on Twitter

“Everyday our front line professionals @fitzerin4 and @Lexi_Derisier work with our community partnership network to #ShowYourWelcome and assist ...


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Support OCISO! 

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Illustrated by Nizam Badr and written by Margriet Ruers. This is a beautiful hardcover book suitable for children aged 4 – 10.

Orca Book Pubishers will donate $10 to OCISO for every book sold through OCISO’s website.

Only $20 plus shipping also supports the artist who is a Syrian refugee.

Click To Buy | Only $20!

Stepping Stones BOOK Cover | OCISO
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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.