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Rebuilding dreams, rebuilding lives

Rebuilding dreams, rebuilding lives

Every morning Wael drops his wife off at English classes while he makes his way to his furniture shop. His young children are in school while his oldest son works part-time at a grocery store. It’s a typical Canadian life. Two years ago, though, life for...

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CCI soccer league kicks off season 2

CCI soccer league kicks off season 2

By Claudine Nduwimana It's only year 2 but already the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Youth Soccer League is set to grow. With the season ready to kick off on June 25, this year the league will see a girls' division as well as a boys' division. The...

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Newcomers flock to university

Newcomers flock to university

Newcomer youth are heading off to university and colleges in numbers greater than non-immigrants, according to a report prepared for Crime Prevention Ottawa. The report is called Making the Grade: Immigrant Youth in Post-Secondary Education and was...

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From one family to another with love

From one family to another with love

More than two years ago, Canadians lined up to sponsor families from Syria who were fleeing a brutal civil war that had raged for almost five years. They were part of the effort by the Canadian government to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in the first three...

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From refugee camp to nation’s capital

From refugee camp to nation’s capital

For the Nzokira family, Ottawa is a new beginning filled with dreams for their children and hope for a safe and bright future. Their story began in a refugee camp in Tanzania. Jean Marie Nzokira, 37, and his wife, Janet, 36, were children when they escaped a brutal...

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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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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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