Community Connections


The Community Connections Program encourages social, cultural and professional interactions between newcomers and the established community. It assists immigrants and refugees to become engaged and feel at home in Ottawa.

If you are new to Canada, our staff and volunteers will help you to:

  • Improve your language proficiency in French or English (Improve your English or French)
  • Learn about public services and how to access them
  • Improve your knowledge and confidence about adapting to life in Canada
  • Participate in activities in the community-at-large
  • Become a volunteer
  • Expand your social network (meet more people)
  • Feel more at home.

Program activities include:

The Community connections program offers group activities to help you practice your English and French, meet people and learn about Canadian and other cultures.

Other activities will introduce you to people and places and help you to become familiar with local services, community events and celebrations.

You will visit sites of interest, learn new skills and broaden your circle of contacts.

For more information contact our Community Connections team:

Karen, 613 232-9634, ext. 394

Laurie, 613-232-9634, ext. 420

or send us an email at:

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer participation is essential to the success of our program activities. Volunteering with CCI is a way to share your talents, gain workplace experience and contribute to your community. We post all volunteer opportunities on our on our Volunteers page.  Please visit regularly to check out any new opportunities.

Youth Program:

We offer services and activities for youth. For more information see our Youth Program.

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

Welcoming Newcomers to Ottawa since 1954

CCI Ottawa celebrated our 65th anniversary in 2019. 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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