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Are you an #Ottawa employer looking to get noticed?? Spend your weekend preparing to let prospective talent & your peers know how diverse, inclusive & great your org is! Employer Excellence Awards entry DEADLINE is Jan 23! #HIOAwards #diversity #talent

2018 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries - Hire Immigrants Ottawa

Hire Immigrants Ottawa is accepting entries for the 2018 Employer Excellence Awards from employers in the National Capital Region. The awards recogniz...


Can theatre help newcomers to learn English as a second language?

Our English conversation group volunteers decided to put this question to the test. Read about their experience, learn from their tips @TESLOntario.

https://t.co/TDtMMp1Bku #esl #cdnimm

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.@CitImmCanada Recommends that for security reasons, users using the Firefox browser should update to the newest version, 57.04 (or higher) prior to accessing IRCC online services.

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"There is much more we need to do as citizens to create neighbourhoods, a society, a political debate that is more respectful, less anchored in ignorance and insecurity and intolerance," says PM Trudeau

Trudeau Tackles Immigration Questions At Quebec City Town Hall

"We all have our role to play."


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

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New to #Ottawa? Improve your English skills so you can feel at home in your new city.

We offer free English as a Second Language (#ESL) classes. Part-time and full-time classes are available. Child care too.


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Girls Group. Today at 11:30.

In this weekly girl’s arts-based activity group facilitators work with girl participants to learn about healthy lifestyles, emotional regulation, positive self-esteem, and other issues that matter to them.


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Check this out! "Race, Gendered Violence and the Rights of Women with Precarious Immigration Status" a toolkit for service providers who assist racialized women living with precarious immigration status in Ontario, Canada

*Important information for #asylumseekers, whether already in #Canada or thinking of entering:

See our chart below to see how the #Canadian #asylum system works⤵️

Stay informed and always seek legal advice for your claim.

#WithRefugees #cdnimm #refugeeclaimants

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While talent is indeed scarce, data from the 2016 #Census shows Ottawa continues to attract skilled immigrants. In the last 5 years, over 30,000 immigrants arrived in the capital region, adding to the rich diversity of the city. #yow #ottbiz https://t.co/8whkOUpvCi

Coming up at @OctopusBooks: "Securitized Citizens" with Baljit Nagra & Monia Mazigh, Jan 15 ; and "Curry: Eating, Reading & Race" with Naben Ruthnum, Feb 8

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

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Immigrant or refugee in #Ottawa? Do you feel sad? Scared? Or just not sure how to cope?

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

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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!

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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.