OCISO | Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 2018-06-14T05:42:34+00:00

Settlement & Integration

Employment | OCISO


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Clinical Counselling

School Supports | MLO | OCISO

School Supports

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 Language Instruction

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Youth Program

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Always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Looking for a place to practice & expand your skills? Join us today at 5:30 for FREE guitar lessons by amazing volunteer guitar instructors! All guitar skill levels & abilities welcome (ages 13 - 23)! https://t.co/0iWIaxvs7Z

Knowledge is Power at today's #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre. Build your mind and awareness of the world and yourself! Join us for lifeskills workshops and discussions.

Do you know someone who has helped to make Ottawa a more welcoming place for newcomers? Take some time to #ShowYourWelcome and share your story with @refugee613 (and us!). Follow the hashtag in the coming days to read about the ways Ottawans show their welcome. #WOW18

Need homework help? We’ve got the right help for you! Join us at the Newcomer Youth Centre today at 3:30 for help with homework or use our computer lab! https://t.co/A6OBQSZPMc

Today is #WorldRefugeeDay2018. Organizations like @WorldUniService @WUSCcampus help refugee students integrate in their communities. Organizations like @WorldSkillsOtt and @OttawaOCISO help refugees settle and find jobs. Let’s celebrate refugees’ courage and resilience.

Know a newcomer to #Ottawa who needs help? Connect with us. Our Settlement & Integration Program can help. https://t.co/zfCrwju8OI #WOW18

Join us for Strengthening Cultural Competencies & Uncovering Hidden Biases – a Career #Mentorship Seminar
June 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm https://t.co/98woHZMCPy #wow18 #ottawa

Today, and every day, We Welcome Refugees #westandwithrefugees
#WorldRefugeeDay #JourneeMondialedesRefugies #ShowYourWelcome #Pride @UNHCRCanada @refugee613
See Omar's story at

Nearly 1 in 2 Ottawans is an immigrant or child of #immigrants. Hear our stories at Welcoming #Ottawa Week:

#ottevents #WOW18 @OLIP_PLIO https://t.co/x6eznzXR1N

On World Refugee Day, we celebrate Canada’s leadership for refugees & look for more. The US cannot be considered a safe country for refugees. Let's show leadership & withdraw from the Safe Third Country Agreement. https://t.co/hM8BTNQ2GI #cdnpoli #withrefugees #worldrefugeeday

Join our Women's Circle of Support, a space for newcomer & refugee women to unite through art projects. Today at our LINC location: 1800 Bank St, 2nd floor at 2:30PM with facilitator Deeqa Kosar.

Just some of the gripping art pieces from #RefugiArte that we are lucky to be displaying for the 1st time in #Canada!

Come check out our event in #Ottawa/#Gatineau TODAY where we'll be highlighting the crisis in the North of #CentralAmerica!

Register at: https://t.co/OEIMIueYU4

Improve your English and feed your imagination with graphic novels, comic books, zines, short stories, magazines, and poetry! Join us every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30pm for fun and creative readings at #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre!

Tomorrow afternoon: Immigrant Heritage Walking Tour of Vanier. 11:00 - 2:30 pm
More information at: #WOW18 @OLIP_PLIO

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

We're hosting a community picnic for newcomers to celebrate the end of the school year: games for children, soccer for adults &water balloons for the brave! Please bring a lunch. June 22, 10-2. https://t.co/jGzVHSf11h #wow18 #ottawa

🚀🚀Hey #Ottawa today is THE DAY!! Come celebrate the launch of #YouthActionNow and raise a 🥂to congratulate @PaulDewar on his continued service to our community. 5-7 pm @CanadasNAC PS folks will be delighted to accept donations so bring a few 💰💵 #Ottnews #OttCity #YOW #YOUTH

Moving to a new country or city can be exciting. It can also be challenging. #SocialConnections help us to adapt to a new home.
Check it out: @OLIP_PLIO
#WOW18 #haveTHATtalk

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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.