Sponsorship Program

The Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) has a long history of working with refugees. We played a significant role in the resettlement of the Vietnamese Boat People and Cambodian refugees in Ottawa in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, we have welcomed, supported and worked with newcomer communities from all corners of the world.

As a response to what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls the “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era,” we established a Syrian refugee sponsorship program.

The Sponsorship Program works with the Syrian community in Ottawa and other refugee stakeholders to:

  • Recruit train and prepare potential sponsors
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Assist with preparation and submission of applications
  • Support sponsorship groups as they prepare for the arrival of sponsored refugees
  • Ensure sponsored refugees are supported quickly and appropriately

If you would like information about sponsoring a Syrian refugee, please contact:

Roya Atmar, Sponsorship Coordinator
(613) 232-9634, ext. 305

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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