What type of programs and services does OCISO provide for newcomers to Canada?

What type of programs and services does OCISO provide for newcomers to Canada?

OCISO offers a range of programs and services to help newcomers settle into their new life in Canada. These programs include:

  • The Settlement and Integration Program (SIP) provides multilingual and multicultural services in order to facilitate successful adaptation and integration process for immigrants and refugees.
  • The Community Economic Development (CED) program delivers career mentoring and networking programs to support newcomers to obtain employment in their field.
  • The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program provides free English classes for adults.
  • The Counselling Program provides supportive guidance for persons who have experienced trauma and upheaval in leaving their homelands.
  • The Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) Program provides integration services in schools to newly arrived children and youth and their parents.
  • YOCISO programs assist immigrant youth, ages 13-24, with their settlement and integration process in Canada.
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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.