Ottawa Connector Program Spotlight

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) has been providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to the Ottawa community since 1978.

OCISO directly serves about 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. We have three locations in Ottawa (central and south). Our multi-faceted programs and services are delivered in over 50 languages to clients from 120 countries by OCISO’s team of knowledgeable, skilled and professional staff.

Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented volunteers, both established and new Canadians.

OCISO is the lead organization within the Eastern Ontario region in delivering innovative mentorship programs to support newcomers on their journey of securing employment within their profession, to guide them within the initial months of employment to maintain employment and advance within their career.

We have all experienced within our lives a person of influence who has guided us, provided advice, and helped us grow as a person in our endeavours. The Ottawa Connector program is a formalized networking initiative that helps broaden Internationally Educated Professionals’ networks through one-on-one meetings with established business leaders who work in the same field. It is a simple yet highly effective referral process that helps local businesses and organizations connect with talented newcomers who want to build a career and settle successfully in Ottawa. We are proud to be a member of the award-winning National Connector Program, which was developed by the Halifax Partnership, and has been replicated in 32 communities across Canada.