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Know an isolated immigrant senior? Connect them to our Settlement & Integration services. We can help. https://t.co/zfCrwjcxq8

With 15 wonderful mentors sharing their wisdom, knowledge, and experiences, we successful supported 11 newcomer Mentees within our Express Mentoring Event. The room was full of rich conversations, inspirations, invaluable suggestions and information.

Our Multicultural Liaison Officer Program provides settlement services in schools. Find out how we can help. https://t.co/hVF3TC5RJd

English skills are essential for newcomers to feel at home in their new city. We have free English as a Second Language (#ESL) classes in #Ottawa. Part-time and full-time classes are available. Child care too.


@FoFOCISO & Peer Support had the pleasure of hosting @zainasov at our Women's Circle today! She spoke about her journey to Canada as a refugee, the challenges & successes she faced and how having local welcoming friends to help her integrate made all the difference! @OttawaOCISO

ant 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/Pwy7Q4oHRd #mentorship

This afternoon in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Drop-in, Homework Club, Creative Arts and Expression, Recording, with Broken English. Join us from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor. https://t.co/Qvyc4uwidH

Drop-In Basketball takes place on Thursdays at 6pm to 8pm @OttTechSS for youth boys and girls. Come out and have fun! https://t.co/vxrecfmXeL

Thank you to Razan who came and shared her experiences and stories with our @FoFOCISO volunteers at training yesterday! We feel so blessed to have such committed, enthusiastic and welcoming local volunteers who are making a HUGE difference in our community. @OttawaOCISO

Did you include Running for a New Start as one of your new year's resolutions?
If not, sign up today and join this amazing group of @OttawaOCISO volunteers in the @OttawaMarathon!

This afternoon in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Drop-in, Homework Club, Cooking, #MentalHealth 101. Join us from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor. https://t.co/Yle95xPzuF

Arabic + English #WalkIn #Counselling today 11am-5pm at #Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization @OttawaOCISO (Last session 3:30pm). OCISO is located at 959 Wellington St W.

Exciting news! @OCASI_Policy and @Settlement_Org have designed a Job Readiness Tool to help newcomers test what they know, asses their job search plan and better prepare for entering Canadian work environment. Check it out:

This afternoon in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Drop-in, Homework Club, Knowledge is Power. Join us from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor.

Immigrant youth @WoodroffeHS? Need help with homework? Drop into the homework club after school. As soon as the bell goes, we will be waiting for you in room 106, every Tuesday.

We are pleased to participate in the Discussing Diversity & Equity webinar hosted by the Champlain Community Support Network this Thursday. Details are provided if you are interested in participating.


Our Ottawa 🇨🇦 office is looking for an Admin/Finance Assistant. If you're interested in our work & helping #refugees don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

⏳ Deadline to apply: 17 Jan 2019
🖱 Visit https://t.co/Ypr2XxxiEs for more info

Are you a student at @WoodroffeHS? Join the Young Men’s Group for Newcomers & Friends every Tuesday at lunch (11:30am). Participants receive volunteer hours & a certificate that they can use for their resume! Food is also provided.

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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.