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November 2017 E-Newsletter
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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a national day dedicated to giving. Across the country charities, businesses and individuals come together to give back.

When you make a donation on Giving Tuesday, you are ensuring that refugees are given the opportunity to thrive in your community. We know from experience that when you give today, they will give back tomorrow. 

We've seen this play out often in our 60-plus years of helping newcomers settle in Ottawa. During the last two years, more than 1,500 Syrians have settled in Ottawa to build new lives. Despite the challenges they face, they are already giving back.

There are Syrians in Ottawa who have started their own business. They have spent months learning our language so they can find work to support their families. They have organized fundraisers and donated to charity. Their children are going to school every day. They are making friends and connecting to their community. 

But there is still more work to be done. Refugees arrive in our city every day. They need your help. They are fleeing war, poverty, violence and persecution.

You can show them your support this Tuesday. Your donation will change someone's life. 


Please make a donation this Giving Tuesday.

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director
Helping youth thrive

Khaled, Solaiman and Mohammad are a lot like Canadian youth. They go to school, they hang out with their friends and they love sports.

But they also have an experience they don't share with many Canadian. They lived through the brutal civil war in Syria. Thankfully, Canada opened its doors and welcomed them almost two years ago.

At CCI Ottawa, we offer a variety of programming for youth of all ages to ensure no one is left behind. Since the original wave of Syrian refugees in early 2016, we have developed programs to ensure Syrian youth get involved in their community. We also provide them with a number of volunteer opportunities so they can develop their leadership skills and networks. 


For a lot of newcomer youth, these programs allow them to make friends, to figure out Canadian life and to know they have a bright future in their new country.

To help youth newcomers thrive in Ottawa, please make a donation now.
A visit to the farm

It was on a fall Tuesday when we received a call. Would we like to bring some families to the Proulx Vegetable and Berry farm for a day of fun? Absolutely! We didn't know at the time how overwhelming the response would be.

In three days, more than 240 people signed up to visit the farm, tour the gardens, feed the animals and enjoy the fall weather.

We chartered six buses to ferry everyone from different locations in the city. We believe events like this are important to introducing newcomers to the Canadian way of life. It's also a great way to catch up with friends and to meet some new ones. Thank you, Proulx Farms, for hosting so many newcomers.
Busting a refugee myth

There are a lot of myths about refugees and immigrants. It's time to start busting those myths one at a time.

Myth: Refugees collect more than pensioners/people on social assistance.

Fact: This has been one of the most persistent myths over the past five years, and it is false.

Most categories of refugees are not eligible for government assistance. Those who are, are only eligible for a period of six to 12 months, and only if they do not have funds of their own.

These refugees receive roughly the same amount as Canadians on social assistance and are based on the provincial or territorial welfare rates where the refugee resides.

Read about more myths that need busting.

Monthly Giving

Ottawa is a generous community that has supported our work for more than 60 years. But did you know you can have a greater impact by joining our Friends of CCI Monthly Giving Program? A monthly donation provides stability and predictability for you and CCI. It's easy to sign up and is a more affordable way to give that adds up over time.

A monthly donation tells the thousands of refugees and immigrants who arrive in Ottawa every year that they have not been forgotten. 

You can sign up for our monthly giving program by emailing Dora or calling 613-232-9634, ext. 359.
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