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.
Our Story/What We Do
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is a 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. 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.
We offer a full suite of Settlement & Integration supports for immigrants and refugees, Multicultural Counselling, Multicultural Liaison Program – School Based Settlement, Youth Programming (YOCISO), Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC), Community Economic Development - Career Mentorship. As Canada aims to settle 25, 000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, OCISO will play a key role in helping Syrian refugees become a part of the Ottawa community and is accepting donations on behalf of Refugee 613.
Words From Our Community
“I have no words to express the thankfulness that I feel in my heart for the help I have received from OCISO. I have received supportive friendship, support in every aspect, they gave me courage for even the smallest challenges. Without OCISO my integration in Canada would have been difficult and different."
“I arrived in Canada as a refugee in 2013. I went to literacy class at LINC OCISO. Two years later, I am now an intermediate English student…I hope I will finish English school at OCISO. The teachers are always helping me and I have many friends here.”
“Once again, thank you and OCISO infinitely for your help throughout the job searching process and for partnering me with such a knowledgeable, patient and kind mentor.”
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