Community Connections

The Community and Employment Connections Program helps you adjust to everyday life in Ottawa. We introduce you to Canadian volunteers and other newcomers. We help you feel at home. Welcome!

Our staff and volunteers will help you to:

  • Improve your language proficiency in French or English in our Conversation Circles
  • Help you find a job (Visit our employment page)
  • Learn about public services, such as the bus system, and how to access them
  • Improve your knowledge and confidence about adapting to life in Canada
  • Participate in fun activities in the community. In the past, we’ve visited farms, a sugar bush, parks and more
  • Participate in sports and recreational activities
  • Learn how to become a volunteer
  • Meet new friends
  • Feel more at home.


To contact our CEC team, send us an email at


Youth Program

We offer services and activities for youth. For more information, visit out Youth Program page.

Immigrants represent almost one quarter of the population of the City of Ottawa.

Welcoming Newcomers to Ottawa since 1954

CCI Ottawa celebrated our 68th anniversary in 2022. Your contribution as a Donor, Member, or Volunteer tells us that you value the work we do together to settle and integrate newcomers from every part of the world. Together, we are building a more welcoming community.