Community Economic Development Program (CED)

The Community Economic Development (CED) program delivers career mentoring and networking programs to support newcomers to obtain employment in their field, develop an understanding of the Canadian workplace culture, build networks and develop strategies for employment maintenance and advancement within the Canadian workplace. Programming includes Core Career Mentorship, Federal Internship for Newcomers Mentoring (FINP), Ottawa Connector Program, Advancing Immigrant Women through Mentorship, iSisters Technology Mentoring, and Pre-arrival Mentoring.

CED Career Mentorship Program: Mentor with mentees
CED Connector Project: Clients in speed Interview
CED Federal Internship for Newcomers Program: Mentor with mentee
ED RAISE Project: Clients at bagel store
CED Foreign Credential Recognition Mentorship Project: Clients in workshop
CED Pre-Arrival Project: Staffperson at work
Ottawa Mentoring Collaborative
Job Search Workshops
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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.