OCISO | Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 2018-02-15T11:00:53+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

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.@StayBillety + @RunOttawa = support for @OttawaOCISO and Run for A New Start! List your space with to help the benefit today! #ComeOnIn https://t.co/VJwPQyY0Zh

Excited to share the @OttawaOCISO 40th anniversary logo! We are celebrating 40 years serving newcomers in Ottawa in 2018. Stay tuned for more information on activities and events where you can show your support for newcomers in @ottawacity this year!

Join our Run for a New Start team!

We’ve set ourselves the ambitious goal of raising $25,000 in support of OCISO youth programs, like LEAP above.

We invite runners AND walkers to join this year's “Run for a New Start” fundraising team.


Honour Marion Dewar’s Legacy: Invest in Our Future Leaders. OCISO is now receiving applications for this year's scholarships to be awarded to immigrant and refugee youth by the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund.

Deadline: April 27, 2018.


Close to 2,000 refugee & immigrant youth in the# Ottawa area benefit from our #youth programs.

One of these innovative #YOCISO programs is called LEAP: Leadership, Empowerment, Active Participation, where we work with youth in local schools.


2018 marks the 40th year since the founding of OCISO in 1978!

Here's a sneak preview of our brand new 40th anniversary logo. Thanks to Sergio Diaz for the design!

Improve your English and feed your imagination with graphic novels, comic books, zines, short stories, magazines, and poetry! Join us every Tuesday for fun and creative readings at #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre!

Every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30pm!


Health is Wealth! Learn about fitness, healthy living and nutrition by getting your body moving during the POWER HOUR! Rvery Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm at the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre.


THREE days until Refugee Night 2018!

Join us this Thursday to learn about and celebrate refugees. Show starts at 6:45 PM at the uOttawa Alumni Auditorium. FREE admission. Don't miss out on some incredible performances including @KingKimbit

@RefugeeHub @uocommonlaw

Happy #FamilyDay2018 ! We hope you are spending a nice day with your chosen family. Thank you to our supporters who help us to reunite families who have been separated by war and chaos, like Emad, his mother and siblings https://t.co/8oprUdtaS4

Thanks @DropInSports and @nscdotca for hosting a fabulous ice-fishing event today! @FoFOCISO matched 3 newcomer Families to Canadian Friends today and many came out to try ice-fishing for the first time.

Initiation #Harbourharvest #icefishing with @FoFOCISO @onfamfish tattooed @nscdotca
@Children_atRisk #welcomingrefugees

Want to learn about the Student Refugee Program (#SRP) & how your country can take part?

This guide-prepared by @WorldUniService & @UNHCRCanada-shows how #Canadian #universities, #colleges & #CEGEP's provide higher #education opportunities for #refugees.


We're looking for an Employment Counsellor / Employment Retention Coach for our RAISE program.

Join our Community Economic Development team to help immigrant and refugee clients find work!


Deadline today: We're hiring a part-time Clinical Counsellor for our Youth Programs to provide counselling services to immigrant and refugee youth presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post migration experiences.


Share the news! @JimWatsonOttawa’s Annual Family Day Skating Party on Monday! Let’s get skating!❄️⛸️🎈 https://t.co/gVgbVYMsQC

Great event at @uOttawa ! Roundtable discussion on the Global Compact for Refugees with @bondjk, @jessiecthomson, James Milner & Leah Winsor. Join us February 26, 12-2 pm.

@uocommonlaw @uOttawaHRREC @uOttawaCIPS

We're hiring a part-time Clinical Counsellor for our Youth Programs to provide counselling services to immigrant and refugee youth presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post migration experiences.


View all our upcoming events

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.