As we strive to update stakeholders on what has transpired at OCISO over this period, we might better ask, “What didn’t happen this year?”. It has been an extraordinarily dynamic, demanding and transformative year for OCISO, the immigrant serving sector and the community as a whole.
As of this writing, Ottawa has received over 1450 refugees over the prior 9-month period. There are close to another 500 expected before the end of 2016. This represents a tripling of the number of refugees Ottawa receives in a typical year. Currently, applica-tions submitted to privately sponsor refu-gee families represent an additional 1200 individuals. There is much to be done to ensure the eﬀactive settlement and integration of these individuals and signalling from IRCC is that we should be prepared to adjust to a new normal which will include higher immigration numbers into the foreseeable future.
— Leslie Emory, Executive Director
— François Couillard, President