Helping newcomers
realize their full potential

Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa

How We Help

We have been helping newcomers to Ottawa settle and integrate into their new community for more than 65 years. We help them feel at home and safe. You can help.

Events for Newcomers
Settlement Services
Connecting to Community

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How You Can Help

When you help a newcomer family in Ottawa, you are making an investment in Canada’s future. You are helping some of our most vulnerable residents thrive. Here’s how you can help today!

Planned Giving

Hockey helps Syrian newcomer

It's not a stretch to say hockey rejuvenated Faihaa's spirit. The widowed mother of two had fled Syria and its brutal civil war, finding refuge in Jordan for four years before coming to Canada. But after one month, she wasn't sure if she had made the right decision....

Conference Board says services need to be nimble

Canada recently announced plans to bring an unlimited number of Ukrainians to Canada on a three-year visa with the right to work while they are here. It’s an exciting and new plan for humanitarian migration. It also raises an important question. How do we deliver on...

Sky is the limit for Ghina

Ghina is bubbling over the phone line. She's 18 years old and is wrapping up her first year at the University of Ottawa where she studies biomedical sciences. It was New Year's Eve 2015 when she and her family arrived in Toronto on their way to Ottawa. It was the...

Helping Ukrainians find housing

It was late March when Alex Skrypnyk contacted CCI Ottawa. His wife's family were trapped in Ukraine as Russia's Vladimir Putin waged war. Eventually, the family escaped to Poland where they started the process of applying for visas to travel to Canada. In April, they...

Illustration of a young person with face paint to math the colour of the Ukrainian flag.



Our annual print newsletter is now available in a digital version. Our goal this year was to inspire you with stories of newcomers building new lives in your community. We also share some interesting facts about immigration as well as bust some myths. Please click on the image on the left to read Newcomer.