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Immigrant or refugee in #Ottawa? Having trouble coping? Our Counselling Program has services for you. Private & confidential. If you're not sure where to turn, we can help. https://t.co/65LNNGky7t #mentalhealth #cdnimm

Know a newcomer to #Ottawa who needs help? Connect with us. Our Settlement & Integration Program can help. https://t.co/zfCrwjcxq8

Great to see @PaulDewar honoured at Vietnamese community event today for this joint contributions to the community. They shared all the times they worked together over the years & his mother, including Buddhist ceremony for her. It was very moving event & see @JoelHardenONDP

Did you know that Ottawa’s Immigrant Talent Pool is the most educated compared to any other Canadian city? Read this @ottawabot report on Skilled Labour Shortages: https://t.co/rqUyxPfMfl…
@HireImmOttawa @OttEmpHub @Invest_Ottawa #Ottawabot #Ottawa #Ontario #Canada #talent

This International Migrants Day, Canada must take action on a human rights-based approach to migration. Here’s what Canada needs to do: https://t.co/CfRGew3zkZ #cdnimm #cdnpoli #internationalmigrantsday #formigration #canlab

Details of parent & grandparent program #cdnimm coming soon according to @CitImmCanada

#Ottawa employers. Interested in making an impact on your community? Become an OCISO EmployMENTOR! https://t.co/LOiFTioMBp #mentorship

As we wind up the year, it’s a great time to schedule your Cross-Cultural Competency Training for Employers in 2019 - check out our January sessions here! https://t.co/XDStzBDxQ9 #talent #diversity #inclusion #HIOCCC

Refugees have professional skills needed in Canada.

Bonfire Interactive, a startup in Kitchener, is recruiting Mohammed, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, with @TBBforTalent & @UNHCRCanada support, not to “do good” but because he is the IT talent they need.

Kitchener startup first in world to hire refugee under new program

Bonfire worked with UN and Talent Beyond Boundaries to hire a software developer who fled war in Syria.


The YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre is closed today, Monday & tomorrow, Tuesday... But don't worry we are OPEN Wed Dec 19, Thurs Dec 20, and Friday, Dec 21!
Holiday Party on Dec 21st!

Let it snow in @OntarioParks! There are 26 provincial parks open for the winter season. Expanding recreational opportunities and promoting access to our parks is an important part of our made-in-Ontario environment plan. Learn more: https://t.co/hcsFRPCHxP

The miracle of a Rose blooming in winter.
My Xmas carol sung by @StairwellChoir premiered in a fundraising concert for @OttawaOCISO in 2017.
I have another new song at our concert on Saturday. Come have a listen!
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Our Multicultural Liaison Officer Program provides settlement services in schools, and much more! Here's a picture of newcomer students enjoying a field trip to Gatineau Park

Loved hearing from the community how the @refugee613 coalition leverages their work and why it’s important to support refugees in Ottawa. Thanks to the many amazing allies who put their heart and soul towards creating a welcoming community for everyone 💕#withrefugees

Thanks to our intrepid @OttawaOCISO "Run for a New Start" team who joined the fun run on a cold Parliament Hill last nite, and thanks to @runottawa and the dozens of runners who donated winter clothing for OCISO's refugee and immigrant client families!

Today our school MLO (Multicultural Liason Officer) Susan Ragheb came to visit our class and tell us all the ways she can support our students and parents. Thank you Susan! شكرا @CarletonHeights

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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.