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

Settlement & Integration

Employment | OCISO


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Clinical Counselling

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School Supports

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 Language Instruction

Youth Program | YOCISO

Youth Program

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Are you an up-and-coming local entrepreneur? Get ready to take your idea to the next level at Small Business Expo! https://t.co/Y1hJgIqD7G #Ottawa #OttawaEvents #OttBiz

Free moving service for women fleeing abuse now in Ottawa https://t.co/1Jy0HoWyzS #ottnews #ottawa

Andrew Griffith on how Canada can learn from Europe regarding irregular border crossings in a way that it does not undermine the overall Canadian confidence in immigration. https://t.co/VBDN8RUFhD @BIG_UVic @CdnEurDialogue .

In depth conversations at Client Services Committee on Community Index of Engagement Levels @OCH_LCO innovates to meet tenants need @MathieuFleury @Go_Taylor @cmckenney @JODYMITIC

VO has plenty great opportunities for you. Check out the many opportunities on our website today and start making a difference in your community one opportunity at a time. https://t.co/DydELgB1AS #VOforGOOD

If you are a woman and you are new to Canada then this event is for you! Register at for a hands-on experience in programming. Workshops take place at Giatec - 245 Menten Place, Suite 300 #Ottawa on April 21 and 22. https://t.co/LsvY91LFqv

April 28 from 6-11pm is #LGBTQ Newcomers BBQ! An opportunity to cook together, eat together, and learn about communal life style. RSVP for the communal cooking night experience at gaymuslimsunited@aol.com.

What challenges are faced by immigrant students in our classrooms? Register for #OSSTF #EquityStudies PD day - explore strategies with facilitator Karen Molina for promoting positive academic and social engagement at school! #EquityInspires Link: https://t.co/k0puK1xXfN

#YOCISO Broken English Collective. A program helping immigrant and refugee youth explore their story through poetry, hip hop and songwriting. Every Friday from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Ages 13 – 23 years of age.

Last call for applications for the 2018 Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund. Each year, a scholarship of $1500 each will be awarded to 3 #cdnimm and #cdnrfg #youth in #Ottawa.

Deadline: April 27, 2018. https://t.co/AVR0Tv1lxa

#Cdnimm service providers. Join us at #immigration2018 to tackle issues facing our agencies: How can we improve service delivery, stakeholder collaboration, supports for temporary residents, funding models, and measuring outcomes?

https://t.co/0uzqXDexMc #OttawaEvents

40 years of OCISO: it all started in the 70s.

With thanks to OCISO pioneers Betty Bergin and Pat Marshall, here is the story of how OCISO was founded in 1978.

https://t.co/F50dIDyccg #cdnimm #cdnrfg #ottawa #inclusivecities

It's been such an exciting #NVW2018 for our Run for a New Start team, with a record 129 volunteers raising $ for #cdnimm #youth programs! Welcome to our newest #volunteers who signed up for @OttawaMarathon races. THANK YOU! https://t.co/26EB6UFRfA

Speaking of #volunteers, we were delighted to learn that one of our career mentors, Pierre Girard, has been awarded a Canada 150th Anniversary Medal!

Congratulations to @OCISOMentorship mentor Pierre Girard!

https://t.co/P95rnLXc4g #NVW2018

As #NVW2018 comes to a close this weekend, we acknowledge w gratitude the 1000s of dedicated #volunteers who have donated their time to help us accomplish our mission of welcoming newcomers to Canada over the past 40 years.

To all of you who donate your time we say THANK YOU!

#NVW2018 Great way to end National Volunteer Week - another 2 volunteers sign up for @OttawaMarathon races, now a record 129 volunteers raising $ for @OttawaOCISO programs for newcomer youth - THANK YOU!
To join the team, email drain@ociso.org, or visit: https://t.co/yEIB1m9kcU

Discover how you as a Canadian can help with the global #refugee crisis! 🇨🇦🤝🌏

Join @jnbeuze & @MichaelCasasol4 at @RSTP_ca's Welcome the Stranger: #Canada and the Global Refugee Crisis in #Halifax on April 23rd.

Register here:

Welcome the Stranger: Canada and the Global Refugee Crisis

Join RSTP's featured speaker for an informative and inspiring evening on the global refugee crisis and how Canadians can help. Open discussion to ...


#NVW2018 A time to celebrate our Canadian volunteer pioneers!
A time to sign the "Let's put Lotta on a Stamp" petition.
Thx for passing it on: @OttawaOCISO @USCCanada @TroyMitchellNL @CCCICCIC @JSanchezCCIC @RogersShelagh @VolunteerCanada @MernaForster

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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.