The Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) depends on the contributions of generous, skilled and committed volunteers. We offer a wide range of opportunities designed to be meaningful for the volunteer and to enhance our services for newcomers.

All volunteer opportunities are posted below. Please check regularly as our need for volunteers fluctuates.


Current Opportunities

Matching Program

The Matching Program helps newcomers integrate into Canadian life by connecting with established members of the Ottawa community. Matches between newcomers and volunteers can be one-on-one, family-to-family, or one volunteer with a newcomer family.

Main areas of involvement:
  • Help newcomers practise English or French
  • Help newcomers learn about Canadian culture and traditions
  • Help newcomers connect to community services
  • Participate in recreational opportunities
  • Build social and job networks
Skills Required:
  • Fluency in French or English
  • A good understanding of life in Canada, familiarity with Canadian culture and the City of Ottawa
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of the challenges and barriers facing new immigrants to Canada
  • Patience, kindness and an interest in other cultures
Time Commitment:
  • Four hours a week for six months

If you are interested in volunteering with the Matching Program, please fill out our volunteer form.

Immigrants represent almost one quarter of the population of the City of Ottawa.

Welcoming Newcomers to Ottawa since 1954

CCI Ottawa celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2014. Your contribution as a Donor, Member, or Volunteer tells us that you value the work we do together to integrate newcomers from every part of the world.

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