Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa

Helping all refugees and immigrants realize their full potential in Canada


An update on Seniors Circles

It’s been just a little more than a year since we started our Seniors Circles program.   This program is part of a collaborative project, Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected (KOSC), funded by Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors. It brings...

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Message from our executive director

The following is a message by Executive Director Carl Nicholson published in our 2016-2017 annual report. This fall, the federal government announced its immigration targets for the next three years. During this time, Canada will welcome almost 1 million people. It’s...

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Message from our past president

This message by former Board President Larry Hill was published in our 2016-2017 annual report. The Catholic Centre for Immigrants deals in human capital: the knowledge, social, personality and creative attributes that produce value. That value is manifested in the...

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Marcus transitions to new career

For more than 60 years, the Catholic Centre for Ottawa (CCI) has been helping refugees and immigrants settle, integrate and thrive in Canada. One of our programs is Career Transitions, a joint adventure with World Skills. This program provides focused training for...

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Programs help youth integrate

When young people go back to school, our youth program kicks into high gear. Although we offer youth programs all year round, the school year is a particularly busy time of the year for us. Community Connections Youth Program Coordinator Karen Molina answers a few...

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Just like sisters after 10 months

Eleanor and Amira are sisters. But they only met 10 months ago. Eleanor, a volunteer with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, met Amira through the Matching Program shortly after Amira moved to Ottawa from Damascus, Syria. In Damascus, she had been a director of...

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