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RAISE Workplace Language Training Program Celebrates its Volunteers

On September 28, 2020, the Refugee and Immigrant Supports to Employment (RAISE) Workplace Language Training (WLT) program held an appreciation event to acknowledge the efforts of its volunteer workplace language trainers. These volunteers have successfully supported RAISE clients in increasing their workplace language competencies, over a three-month period. RAISE WLT is an employment retention [...]

RAISE Workplace Language Training Program Celebrates its Volunteers2020-10-09T06:47:06-05:00

Community Steps up to Help YOCISO Provide School Supplies to Newcomers

In late August, YOCISO began looking at ways to provide school supplies to youth clients in need. “In these unprecedented times, many newcomer youth and their families remain at great risk due to COVID-19,” says Donnielle Roman, Manager, Youth Services/YOCISO. “Some of theses families were struggling and continued to be very isolated. One day [...]

Community Steps up to Help YOCISO Provide School Supplies to Newcomers2020-09-23T10:40:09-05:00

Musical Performance Brightens a Summer Day for Newcomer Families

On a warm Sunday afternoon, OCISO clients were treated to a wonderful outdoor concert by Ottawa Suzuki Strings. It was the first event hosted by the Friends of the Family program since COVID-19. Physical distancing protocols were followed. Musicians wearing masks played beautifully on the lawn of the Tom Brown Arena. Dina Aleryani and [...]

Musical Performance Brightens a Summer Day for Newcomer Families2020-08-28T11:54:22-05:00
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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.