From Turkey to Ottawa

From Turkey to Ottawa

When most students were enjoying the last of their summer vacation, 21-year-old Asan was writing two exams. The young woman from Turkey, who moved to Ottawa in 2019 with her parents and two brothers, needed two more English high school courses before she could attend...
Hockey helps Syrian newcomer

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...
Conference Board says services need to be nimble

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

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...
Helping Ukrainians find housing

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...