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Our Vision, Mission
and Values

About OCISO

OCISO directly serves about 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. We have three locations in Ottawa (central and south).

Our multi-faceted programs and services are delivered in over 50 languages to clients from 120 countries by OCISO’s team of knowledgeable, skilled and professional staff.

Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented volunteers, both established and new Canadians.

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) has been providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to the Ottawa community since 1978.

Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented volunteers, both established and new Canadians.

Programs

Vision

OCISO envisions Ottawa as an inclusive city in which all immigrants contribute their gifts, skills, values and culture; strengthening and transforming our community life.

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.

Values

  • We believe in everyone’s ability to enrich the Canadian society through their unique contribution.
  • We believe that when we work from a foundation of respect for each person and diverse cultures we can create positive change in our communities.
  • We are dedicated to being effective, adaptable and principled in our approach to people and situations.
  • Our clients and our staff have a right to a safe environment that is free of harassment and discrimination and the responsibility to foster and protect such an environment.
  • We believe that meaningful change towards social justice is only possible through the evolution of our systems and institutions.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

OCISO recognizes the dignity and worth of every person and is committed to creating an environment that is safe, accessible, inclusive, and respectful of all. Our Racial Equity Committee (REC) provides guidance and support to the OCISO management team on ongoing efforts to improve racial equity within the organization and within the communities we serve. REC addresses racial discrimination, inequity, and oppression that racialized employees and community members face. All members of this committee are expected to foster equity and inclusion, in accordance with the expectations set out in OCISO’s Anti-racism, anti-oppression policy.

You can follow public events organized by the REC on our events calendar

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