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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]