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

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: French: Arabic: Farsi: Somali: Swahili: Tigrinya:

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
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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.