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Mentee Profile:  Adam Berrada

After working in journalism and media relations in Morocco, Adam craved a change so he moved with his young family to Canada in September 2019. They immigrated through the Express Entry program for skilled workers. The first placed they lived was close to the OCISO office, so he inquired about services offered for newcomers. [...]

Mentee Profile:  Adam Berrada2020-07-08T17:00:08-04:00

Mentee Profile: Daniel Azike

When Daniel Azike arrived in Ottawa in March 2019 from Nigeria, someone gave him a great bit of advice – to take advantage of settlement services. He browsed the OCISO website and soon found himself participating in employment and mentoring workshops. He was paired with a mentor who was working in a related field [...]

Mentee Profile: Daniel Azike2020-07-08T17:02:16-04:00

OCISO Receives $265,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

MEDIA RELEASE  OCISO Receives $265,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant June 19, 2020, Ottawa, ON – We are pleased to announce that OCISO has received $265,700 in funding over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for our Wrestling with Champions program. This program, currently scheduled to begin in January 2021, will be in line [...]

OCISO Receives $265,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant2020-06-24T17:39:58-04:00

The New Reality, the Same Caring

For the first time in her career, Maryana St. Hilaire is working from home. She is one of eight OCISO clinical counsellors who because of the COVID-19 pandemic began working remotely on March 16. Transitioning the counseling services for newcomers to remote delivery involved a series of steps and modifications. It had layers of [...]

The New Reality, the Same Caring2020-06-17T17:25:20-04:00

YOCISO Delivers Food to Client Families through Operation Ramzieh

When Schnael François started as a Youth Facilitator at YOCISO in March 2020, he quickly realized that some clients’ families were at great risk because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these families already had struggles as newcomers to Canada and were further isolated because of the pandemic. Schnael soon found out about an [...]

YOCISO Delivers Food to Client Families through Operation Ramzieh2020-06-04T08:45:42-04:00

YOCISO Program Stays Connected to Newcomer Youth

When schools and OCISO’s offices closed more than a month ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, YOCISO quickly jumped into action – finding ways to continue to engage with the newcomer youth through several online platforms. YOCISO is currently using Instagram, Facebook, Zoom and Google Hangouts for these types of activities: Daily engagement through [...]

YOCISO Program Stays Connected to Newcomer Youth2020-05-07T10:17:53-04:00

Finding a Rhythm – Helping Future Canadians Learn English in the time of COVID-19

By Suzanne Charest Lisa Olsen teaches newcomers English, helping them to reach one of the most pivotal language levels, Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. What makes CLB 4 so important is that it is the level required in listening and speaking for an immigrant or refugee aged 18 to 54 to be able to [...]

Finding a Rhythm – Helping Future Canadians Learn English in the time of COVID-192020-05-07T10:21:24-04:00

Vietnamese Community Honours Marion Dewar’s Legacy

Vietnamese Community Honours Marion Dewar’s Legacy On April 29, 2020, a special Zoom call took place to recognize a generous donation of $6,000 from the Vietnamese Canadian Centre to the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund (MDSF). In normal times, this type of presentation would be done in person, but to adhere to the physical distancing [...]

Vietnamese Community Honours Marion Dewar’s Legacy2020-05-01T09:45:20-04:00
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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.