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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). 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 of the fund is to provide financial support for three immigrant and refugee students going on to [...]

Launch of 2021 Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund2021-02-02T11:07:35-05:00

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

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 Families2020-08-28T11:54:22-04:00

Newcomers Enjoy a Day of Cross-Country Skiing

For many newcomers, Canada’s cold weather can be a big adjustment -- but what better way to embrace the winter season than by giving cross-country skiing a try! Some 100 people from OCISO’s Friends of the Family project recently spent a sunny winter morning at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club’s venue in Gatineau, learning [...]

Newcomers Enjoy a Day of Cross-Country Skiing2020-08-27T23:53:45-04:00

Happy Halloween! Friends of the Family

By: Becky Zentner-Barrett My placement for the 2nd rotation of the Career Launch Program is with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. OCISO is an amazing organization that offers a number of different programs to immigrants and refugees to support them in their journey to make Canada their home. The organization is driven by [...]

Happy Halloween! Friends of the Family2020-08-17T16:53:27-04:00

Serious

“Who is these people?” asks my 6 year old. “A family – remember the family we talked about?” “From Serious?” “Syria, honey. They escaped their country because of war. Lots of people were scared and they left – their home, their friends...” “Their toys?” “Yes. Everything. They moved to Canada to feel safe and [...]

Serious2019-11-28T10:10:12-05:00
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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.