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The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa

Community Connections Team
The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa

219 Argyle Avenue Suite 500
Ottawa, ON
Canada K2P 2H4

TEL: 613-232-9634 ext : 3
FAX: 613-232-3660


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The goal of the Community Connections Program is to assist newcomers in their integration into their communities and the community-at-large.

Through activities and events, the program aims to help newcomers children, youth and families…..
-practice and improve language skills (Learn, Listen, Talk and Practice English)
-understand Canadian culture
-access public spaces and programs
-access pre-employment services
-become part of the Canadian society

For more info visit:

Volunteer Opportunities

Mentors provide guidance and support to newcomers specifically in the areas of career development and post-secondary education. Mentors will play a key role in helping newcomers successfully integrate; grow their networks; navigate and increase their understanding of the Canadian context; and, overcome unique challenges they may face in achieving their goals in their new community.

• Interact directly with newcomers using tools for virtual communications, including both one-onone meetings and group activities.
• Help guide newcomers along their career development path by sharing knowledge, experiences
and connecting newcomers with valuable employment/education networks.
• Provide post-secondary educational support by providing newcomers with resources and tools.
• Provide a valuable link to the local community and Canadian context
• Connect refugees and immigrants to community resources, improving access to recreational
opportunities, social networks and employment and education support for newcomers.
• Share knowledge and experiences of Ottawa to support integration and help build a more
welcoming community.
• Mentors will provide support based on the unique needs of the newcomer and the skills and
experiences that the mentor brings.

Volunteers should possess the following:
• Patience, open-mindedness and cultural awareness/sensitivity;
• Reliable access to a smart phone and/or computer with internet connection for virtual
• Familiarity with Canadian systems and culture and an interest in learning about other cultures;
• Established community member with strong understanding of how to access various resources
and services in Ottawa (such as employment and educational support);
• Mentors should have a strong understanding and be comfortable sharing information with
newcomers about topics such as: Canadian workplace culture and trends; local job markets;
education requirements and opportunities relating to employment; professional networks;
skills-development; and, Canadian and local culture in general.

Due to the nature of the Mentorship Program and the relationships that are developed, volunteers must
be able to make an appropriate long-term commitment. Mentors are requested to support the program
for a minimum period of 6 months and are expected to commit 1 hours each week to
connect/communicate with their newcomer mentee 1-to-1; and an additional 1 hour each month to
participate in a group workshop.

or Contact:
Location: 219 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4
*Note: This volunteer role is currently being conducted virtually.

Apply Here:
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
The Matching Program at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) is looking for volunteers to work virtually with newcomers through online platforms and by phone. Through its volunteers, the Matching Program reaches out to refugees and immigrants who are in need of support to thrive in their new life in Ottawa. Pre-COVID-19 , volunteers met face-to-face with a newcomer individual or family. Now, CCI is following Ottawa Public Health’s guidelines, which recommend social distancing.
Volunteers should be established adult members of the community, preferably having lived in Canada for more than 3 years, who are familiar with the Canadian system and culture and who know how to access resources in Ottawa. Access to a smart phone and/or computer with a good internet connection is necessary. Patience, kindness, an open mind and an interest in other cultures are very important qualities for our volunteers. We ask our volunteers to make a 1 to 2 hour weekly commitment for a period of 6 months to 8 months. If interested, please send your application to
Location: Currently volunteering happens through online platforms or by phone. Pre-COVID, opportunities were in different neighbourhoods of the city. The office is located at 219 Argyle Avenue, K2P 2H4.
Deadline: Nov 30, 2020