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Countdown is on to 2018 WOW

Countdown is on to 2018 WOW

Note: This article first appeared in the Centretown Buzz. By Suzanne Charest Every year, about 12,000 immigrants arrive in Ottawa and our city has a well-earned reputation as being welcoming to newcomers. It is one of six cities in the country receiving top marks for...

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Working with youth to find jobs

Working with youth to find jobs

Newcomers to Ottawa all have one thing in common. They want to give back to their community as soon as possible. That’s true of youth newcomers as well. That’s why the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Youth Program has a job program that helps young people get ready for...

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Bust these myths about refugees

Bust these myths about refugees

Fake news. We’ve heard this phrase many times, especially if you happen to follow a certain U.S. President in the news. Fake news, though, is no laughing matter and it’s not just a problem in the U.S. With the proliferation of social media in the last 10 years and the...

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Santa makes a visit to refugees

Santa makes a visit to refugees

Santa made another early visit to Reception House this year. Our annual Christmas Party was another fun afternoon of presents, food and companionship. Here are a few photos from the event. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="28"...

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Syrian family feels blessed

Syrian family feels blessed

The Al Ahmad family can't wait until they are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. That's how much their new country means to them. Mahmoud and his wife Mona had a typical life in Syria. Mahmoud went to work each day as a long-haul truck driver, a job that took...

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Preaching the love of reading

Preaching the love of reading

Congratulations to Noor! The 19-year-old newcomer recently won a $1,000 grant from Awesome Ottawa for his idea called Newcomer Reads, a project to encourage young newcomers to read. Noor said the idea came to him when he realized there were many in the newcomer...

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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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