OCISO | Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 2018-09-19T04:49:19+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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Think Global, Act Local – Harnessing Immigrant Talent can help Ottawa Businesses Address Biggest Challenges https://t.co/pMxFpLBYZv #ottawa #economy #ottbiz

We're grateful to clients who have reached out and let us know how our work has impacted their lives. Proud to #ShowYourWelcome to newcomers to our great city. https://t.co/6DZBW89vwE #ottawa

Our @OCISOMentorship Program helps internationally educated professionals find work in their field. Clients are matched with a volunteer Career #Mentor working in the same or a related field. 65% of our mentees find work in their field. https://t.co/vcTZmhVigV #ottjobs

Are you and your teams able to reap the benefits of the different cultures in your workplaces? The training schedule you've been asking for is here! Check out the Fall/Winter HIO Cultural Competency Training for Employers Calendar! https://t.co/lB4EQxGE9h… #HIOCCC #Ottawa

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

"It's really nice, the people are nice here, everything is good."

Abed Alaboud was placed at @yukoncollege by @WorldUniService 's student refugee program 🏫

The Syrian student is now making a fresh start in Canada 🇨🇦

Story and photos by @cbcdavecroft https://t.co/5dvHVVf2bl

Check out the latest news from HIO! Communique - Special Issue 2019 / Edition speciale 2019: https://t.co/2g48VaxsXn #diversity #inclusiin #HIOCCC #HIOLearn

Please join us at the 10th Anniversary Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Annual Fundraising Dinner on October 18th. We are so excited to announce that @PaulDewar will be the evening’s Guest of Honour. Find out more: https://t.co/k3O9EDcZI6 #Ottawa #cdnimm

Beautiful morning for a guided nature walk at Mer Bleu! @FoFOCISO @OttawaOCISO @OttawaFieldNat

“Imagine all the other families still out there” waiting to find a safe home in Canada. If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of refugees, pick up the phone and call (416) 290-1700, ext 2403, or send an email to bvor@rstp.ca. The rewards are immense.

RSTP on Twitter

“Wondering how to find funds and people to join you in sponsoring a #BVOR refugee family? A wedding, a sweet sixteen party, a retirement party ....


We serve over 10,000 newcomers to #Ottawa every year. In addition to the funding we receive we rely on community donors & sponsors. Your contributions directly support our wide-ranging programs & help us meet new & emerging needs in our community. https://t.co/HSH4opYmZJ

Media plays an essential role in how we perceive refugees.

@PeaceGeeks series with @TaghiniaAmir @peterwklein & @alia_d:

✅ words matter
✅ give a voice to refugees
✅ look beyond breaking news

❌ don’t sensationalize
❌ don’t victimize

More tips ▶️ https://t.co/IZlDADTn5N

On Sunday, our @FoFOCISO & Peer Support Monthly event is a guided nature walk with the #Ottawa Field-Naturalist Club. Learn about animals, vegetation & birds in a beautiful location! Please RSVP. https://t.co/eiOwdKjNqF

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/qX4wpJSoIo

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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.