VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.
Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO) is an initiative that brings together employers, immigrant agencies and stakeholders to foster and champion solutions for the effective labour market integration of skilled immigrants in the Ottawa area. The initiative was launched in 2006 as a response to a growing need to identify and address barriers and challenges employers face in attracting, hiring and integrating skilled immigrants into the workforce. The initiative has reached more than 850 employers, creating awareness, building employer capacity, developing tools and resources, and facilitating linkages with partners and stakeholders.Over 700 skilled immigrants have received guidance about finding work in their respective sectors at HIO Coaching events that bring together immigrant job seekers and volunteer employer coaches. Through HIO’s engagement activities, employers and stakeholders volunteer over 900 hours annual to support the work of the initiative.