Embracing diversity, building community | Apprecier la diversité, forger la communauté

We are pleased to invite you to the OCISO Annual General Meeting (AGM). Although we cannot gather in a more traditional way, such as an in-person meeting, we look forward to welcoming you in a virtual space.

Our online AGM will take place on Thursday, October 20, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

🗓️ October 20
⌚ 6:00 pm


If you would like to attend, please register for the AGM on Eventbrite by October 13.



Only OCISO members in good standing can vote at the AGM. For information about how to become an OCISO member, please visit ociso.org/members to learn about different membership options and their associated benefits.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20!


YOCISO will be hosting an information session on filing taxes in partnership with H&R Block.

You will learn:

We are grateful for this cordial support from Run Ottawa and looking forward to the family friendly race series at the Central Experimental Farm!

The Saturday 5K & Kids 1K Series at the Central Experimental Farm is back! Register today for the race series and kick off each month with this fun and affordable 5k! All 2022 Run Ottawa Members register for FREE!

Kids 1K (Ages 0-12): Free

5K Youth (Ages 18 and under): Free

5K: $10 in advance / $15 onsite (cash only) / 2022 Run Ottawa Members: Free

Find out how to become a Run Ottawa 2022 member today! 50% of all registration fees from each event go directly to the below charities.

Saturday 5K & Kids 1K Series dates:
Saturday, May 7 - (Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal)
Saturday, August 6 - (Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health)
Saturday, September 3 - (OCISO)

Workshop designed to share information on how to apply for scholarships. The event speaker will be Anthony Zhong, a MD Candidate with Harvard Medical School. He has extensive knowledge of scholarship applications and can also give a perspective of a second generation immigrant in Canada.

Date Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Start Time 3:30 PM
End Time 5:30 PM

Are you a newcomer to Canada preparing for employment? Would you like to learn about your rights and responsibilities as a worker in Canada?  Join our Employment Essentials Workshop to:

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:


Registration is required to attend this workshop. To register, click on https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/314758600447

Date June 21, 22 & 23, 2022
Start Time 3:30 PM
End Time 5:30 PM

Are you a newcomer to Canada looking for employment? Do you want some tips on how to introduce yourself to employers, and learn about employers’ expectations? Join our three-day Job Readiness Workshop to learn how to:

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) is a program designed to welcome and orient high school students who have recently moved to Canada. The newcomer students learn about student life and the Ontario school system. Eligible students are those who have recently-arrived in Canada and will be attending a secondary school for the first time in Ottawa.

The NOW Program is almost entirely led by secondary student Peer Leaders who receive intensive training .The NOW program is held each year during the month of August. Each summer 10 trained Peer Leaders and 30 newcomer students participate in the NOW program. NOW is facilitated by MLO and YOCISO Programs.

In order to register, please contact Multicultural Liaison Officer Emanuel Molla, [email protected].


What activities are done during the NOW Program?

In the week before (August 2 – 5,  2022) peer leaders will have an intensive training. MLO and youth workers will work collaboratively with them so they can be ready to deliver the program. The NOW program will then follow this training in the week of August  8- 12, 2022 . Sessions in both weeks will begin at 9:00 am and will finish by 2:00 pm. The program is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and will be held at Brookfield  High School.


Program activities:


Other benefits of NOW Program:

Join YOCISO on Wednesday, June 1st at 3:30- 4:30 pm to learn about Algonquin College programs and services, special admission exceptions made for mature students (19+), and admission steps to take if you have international education!
Whether you’re studying in Ottawa, Pembroke, Perth or online, you’ll have everything you need to succeed. Algonquin offers academic help, social events, recreational facilities, job searching, and volunteer opportunities. To support with the transition to College studies, representatives from ASPIRE AC (algonquincollege.com) will be providing information on their available services.
ASPIRE AC students are students who face multiple barriers to get their college credentials, and who may need individualized support and services to access, transition to, and succeed at college.
  • First-generation students (the first in their family to attend college/university)
  • Students who are new to Canada
  • Indigenous peoples
  • LGTBQ students
  • Students who were in extended society care
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Mature students (Second Career, retraining, etc.)
  • Students who identify with diversity groups
  • Students facing socio-economic or other challenges
Register for your chance to WIN 1 of 3 Gift Cards:
ZOOM: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86163138389?
Meeting ID: 861 6313 8389
Passcode: (Will be shared with those who register)

OCISO Racial Equity Committee meets second Wednesday of every month to fulfill its mission of providing guidance and support to the OCISO management team on ongoing efforts to improve racial equity within the organization and within the communities we serve.

The Committee aims to amplify to the perspectives and experiences of racialized employees and community members.

Committee meetings are closed unless specified otherwise.

This is a safe and welcoming space for newcomer/immigrant youth to practice speaking English, to make friends, and to feel belonging in their school by having a variety of fun activities together weekly, e.g. cooking, playing games...
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