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Hiring Opportunities for Businesses

YOCISO is calling businesses to consider hiring among the youth trainees. OCISO's Youth Foundations Employment Program reimburses employers $12 per hour for up to 8 weeks, which will help trainees gain quality work experience. Contact Luisa Cunha ([email protected]) for more details.

Hiring Opportunities for Businesses2021-07-27T11:18:43-04:00

FINP Mentorship Program’s Graduation Ceremony

FINP Mentor Jennifer Lundrigan gave a speech at Mentorship Program’s Graduation Ceremony. Hello everyone, My name is Jennifer Lundrigan, and I work for the Department of Canadian Heritage in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. I’m speaking to you today from my home which is located on the island of Ktaqmkuk, [...]

FINP Mentorship Program’s Graduation Ceremony2021-07-19T14:24:22-04:00

MLO program celebrates its 30th anniversary

This year the emblematic Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) Program at OCISO is celebrating its 30th anniversary. We would like to recognize and congratulate all stakeholders of the program, who have tirelessly worked all these years to make it a reality in every single school year and for many years to come! To mark the [...]

MLO program celebrates its 30th anniversary2021-07-29T16:07:25-04:00

Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Are you passionate about supporting immigrants and refugees through the journey of making Canada their home? Ottawa Community immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is a non-profit community agency which provides a broad range of multilingual and multicultural settlement services to newcomers to facilitate their successful adaptation and integration process. It works with a broad [...]

Board of Directors Call for Nominations2021-07-19T11:32:17-04:00

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.