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Launch of 2021 Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund

We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund (MDSF). UPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended. The final deadline is now May 28th 2021. Background The Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund was established by OCISO in 2009, in honour of the late Marion Dewar, former Mayor of Ottawa. The goal [...]

Launch of 2021 Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund2021-04-25T18:27:55-04:00

IRCC Releases Video For Resettling Refugees in Multiple Languages

The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada has created an animated video for refugees, about what to expect when resettling in Canada. The video has versions in English and French, as well as Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya. Watch them below. English: https://youtu.be/u6ng9lTwIGQ French: https://youtu.be/UVDuL7IMntM Arabic: https://youtu.be/HNQv_YiblSg Farsi: https://youtu.be/7vVi2p5nDNI Somali: https://youtu.be/gj8GE1bf8Rc Swahili: https://youtu.be/AA2403hnwek Tigrinya: https://youtu.be/HYF8v1PSfbs

IRCC Releases Video For Resettling Refugees in Multiple Languages2021-01-11T10:43:14-05:00

Free Holiday Meals in Ottawa

While 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us, the Ottawa community still comes together to help those in need. Even with social distancing measures is place, several locations in the city are working to provide free holiday meals to those who might need it. Select the files to see where and [...]

Free Holiday Meals in Ottawa2020-12-23T15:25:31-05:00

OCISO services will be delivered virtually up until January 22, 2021

In accordance with provincial guidelines, OCISO services will be delivered virtually up until January 22, 2021.  To book an appointment please call 613-725-5671 Ext 316. Our offices will be closed for the holidays from noon on December 24th reopening January 4th.

OCISO services will be delivered virtually up until January 22, 20212020-12-21T14:58:43-05:00

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 Volunteers2020-10-09T06:47:06-04:00

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 Newcomers2020-09-23T10:40:09-04:00
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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.