Agency Spotlight – Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)


Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) has been providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to the Ottawa community since 1978. With three locations in the Ottawa area, OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. OCISO delivers programming in over 50 languages to clients from 120 countries through a network of dedicated professional staff and an incredible team of volunteers.

OCISO’s programming is focused on five principle areas: Settlement & Integration, Multicultural Counselling, Multicultural Liaisons, Language Instruction for Newcomers and Community Economic Development. With a dedicated Newcomer Youth Centre, OCISO offers programming tailored to youth’s needs and interests. Support areas include academics, life skills, counselling and arts-based support.

Kids Up Front’s Impact

Kids Up Front partnered with OCISO in October 2017. Since that time, we’ve happily provided them with 245 event tickets worth a total value of $14,020. We’ve provided a wide variety of programming for OCISO’s families, including Ottawa Senators games, passes to the Leonardo Da Vinci 500 Years of Genius exhibit, a Justin Timberlake concert and the School of Rock Musical.

One especially unique experience to which we provided tickets was Oh Canada Eh?!’s Dinner Show. Featuring all Canadian music, the show offers a historical look at the most important and iconic figures in Canadian arts and culture. These tickets allowed the new-Canadian recipients to feel connected to local culture and enjoy a spectacular performance.

Youth Program Facilitator Daniela had the following to say about OCISO’s partnership with KUF:

“Kids Up Front has had a part in welcoming new comers into Canada as they allow for our clients to engage themselves in the community and attend events such as theater plays and sporting events. All of OCISO is grateful for every single opportunity for integration to the newcomers that we work with, your contributions have helped our clients feel more at home.”

We offer our thanks to OCISO for their partnership. We love providing new and unique experiences to their clients and connecting new-Canadians with all that the city of Ottawa has to offer.

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