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CCI statement on systemic racism

CCI statement on systemic racism

Today, CCI Ottawa stands united with the Black community in our city, province and country. We grieve with the Black community the senseless deaths of Black people that have occurred in the United States and in Canada. Our city is not immune to systemic racism. We...

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Home kits for newcomers

Home kits for newcomers

Every day we help newcomers settle and integrate into your community. Some of these newcomers arrive in Ottawa after having lived years in a refugee camp. As excited as they are to start a new life in Canada, they face many challenges, such as learning a new language,...

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Meet Jimmy, a thriving newcomer

Meet Jimmy, a thriving newcomer

Venezuela is in crisis. The South American country has been in decline for years with a collapsing economy and increasing political opposition. In 2018, abut 4 million Venezuelans fled the country to escape violence, food shortages and hyperinflation. We want to...

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Many partners help newcomers

Many partners help newcomers

Every day CCI Ottawa works with numerous partners to ensure newcomers are provided with the tools, resources and care to reach their full potential. Every month, we want to highlight for you the work of another agency. This month, the Ottawa Mennonite Refugee...

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Helping others is the Canadian way

Helping others is the Canadian way

Ten years ago, a friend and I started an initiative to help newcomers during the holidays. We donated a large load of groceries to a newcomer family in need. We connected with the family through my mother’s friend. Two years later, in 2012, I connected to the Catholic...

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This newcomer preaches patience

This newcomer preaches patience

Every newcomer to Canada has a unique story. But they all share similar goals. They come to Canada to build new lives. Less then two years ago, Shabana Ansari arrived in Ottawa with her husband and son. They were excited about their future but also a little anxious....

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Do you have skates to donate?

Do you have skates to donate?

Skates, skates and more skates. CCI Ottawa is looking for donations of hockey skates in working condition or donations of new skates. The skates will be used by newcomers who take to the Rink of Dreams next month as part of our Skating Buddy Program. With a team of...

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Growing strong after one year

Growing strong after one year

By Megan Russell The Karen people, or Kayin as they call themselves, are an ethnic group from Southeast Asia. They are the second largest ethnic group with around 6 to 7 million people in Burma alone. Unfortunately, many of the Burmese Karen people had to flee across...

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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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