Helping all newcomers
realize their full potential

Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa


Foreign students enjoy experience

By Claudine Nduwimana More than half of international students who come to study in Canada are satisfied with their decision to do so while 38 per cent are very satisfied. Those are the findings of an August survey by the Canadian Bureau for International Education...

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Newcomer finds success quickly

By Shabana Ansari When her husband’s company transferred him to Canada, Kiran Thapar Otto did what every supportive spouse does – she encouraged him to not miss the opportunity. “I was overjoyed that he was getting a chance to gain international experience and grow in...

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Helping to connect newcomers

By Shabana Ansari When Mimi Do moved to Canada from her native Vietnam a little more than a year ago, she was looking forward to continuing her career in digital marketing and having an exciting social life. “I had stars in my eyes and it felt like I could...

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Settlement is not always easy

In a recent column, Le Droit’s Patrick Duquette called a Donald St. apartment complex, where many Syrians live, a ghetto and a ticking time bomb. (Story here) He reports that Syrians are unhappy with the pace of settlement, the lack of job opportunities, language...

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Using an app to help newcomers

Justine Nkurunziza is an extraordinary woman. In her native Burundi, she was a human rights defender, especially for the rights of women and children. She also worked for Action Aid International in Burundi, before coming to Ottawa as a refugee in 2016. Justine has...

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Finding a new family

“When I arrived in the city in 2016 to study business at the University of Ottawa, I felt like I had landed in the middle of nowhere and was very lonely,” says Seka Wilfried Adon, an international student from the Ivory Coast.  “I only had a few friends in Gatineau,...

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