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Marko marks 20 years in Ottawa

Marko marks 20 years in Ottawa

One of the fondest memories Marko has of his first week in Canada is playing soccer while living at Reception House. Marko was 12 years old when he came to Canada with his mother and father as refugees. They had fled Bosnia looking for a new beginning and a peaceful...

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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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Family escapes refugee camp

Family escapes refugee camp

For Zemetu and her two children, this has been a year of miracles for the family. Arsema was four and Ashenafi was seven when they fled Eritrea with their widowed mother and were forced to live in a refugee camp. Zemetu says life was a nightmare. “We lived in a small...

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IKEA program hires newcomers

IKEA program hires newcomers

The Catholic Centre for Immigrants has partnered up with IKEA Canada to help newcomers land jobs at the popular home furnishings store. The IKEA Canada’s Refugee Employment Program launched earlier this year and CCI’s employment team has been working with newcomers to...

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Farouk plans for success

Farouk plans for success

The Catholic Centre for Immigrants has partnered up with IKEA Canada to help newcomers land jobs at the popular home furnishings store. The IKEA Canada’s Refugee Employment Program launched earlier this year and CCI’s employment team has been working with newcomers to...

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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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