Catholic Centre for Immigrants of Ottawa

Site: Bruyère Centre for Immigrants

Description and Services
Description (Service) Community-based services for immigrants, refugees, and newcomers 
Settlement Program (formerly Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program) -- orientation programs, language and skills training to help facilitate employment, and programs to welcome newcomers to the community * may provide needs and eligibility assessments, pre- and post-arrival information and referral, job search and employment counselling, assistance to establish social and professional networks to promote community engagement, and assistance to access a range of settlement services 
Reception House, Maison Sophia House: 90-bed facility that provides temporary accommodation, food and clothing * orientation workshops facilitated with language translation and interpretation * house search support * multicultural children's program * basic English classes * referrals to government services and community organizations 
Community Connections Mentorship Program (formerly HOST Program) -- group activities for newly arrived immigrants and refugees of all ages to help orient them to their new community and establish social and professional networks * trained and experienced volunteer mentors assist, with focus on citizenship and civic engagement or skills and career development 
Pastoral and Sponsorship Programs: works to ensure that the newcomer can find pastoral services in the faith group of their choice * promotes the involvement of faith groups in the Private Sponsorship program 
Bruyère Centre for Immigrants: one-stop access to the services of several agencies, groups and organizations that operate out of the Centre. 
Tax Clinics: offered in spring * income tax services during non-working hours by qualified individuals 
Cultural Profiles: a series of booklets, each one introduces a particular country and its people, including details on family life, religion and history * profiles developed in consultation with the respective community groups
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm * evening appointments available
Dates Year-round
Areas Served Ottawa (City of) - and area
Eligibility Immigrants, newcomers and refugees
Application Call or drop in 
Link to the updated Google document with all locations and hours, click here
Languages English ; French ; Amharic ; Bosnian ; Chinese ; Croatian ; Farsi ; French Creole ; Kikuyu ; Lingala ; Somali ; Swahili ; Vietnamese
Fees None
Service Categories Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Career Exploration ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Certificates/Forms Assistance ; Citizenship Application Assistance ; Citizenship Test Preparation ; Comprehensive Information and Referral ; Conversation Partners ; Cultural Transition Counselling ; Ethnocultural Multipurpose Centres ; General Counselling Services ; Immigrant Mutual Assistance Associations ; Immigrant/Newcomer Accompaniment Programs ; Immigrant/Refugee Shelters ; Interpretation/Translation ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Permanent Resident Cards ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigration Issues ; Tax Preparation Assistance
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-232-9634
Fax 613-232-3660
Primary Contact Maria-Teresa Garcia, Manager, Client Services; Phone: 613-232-9634 ext 337
Primary Executive Carl Nicholson, Executive Director; Phone: 613-232-9634 ext 335
Alternate Executive Lucila Spigelblatt, Deputy Executive Director
Alternate Name CCMP ; Community Connection Mentorship Program ; Community Connections Mentorship Program ; HOST program ; Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program ; Immigration Settlement and Adaptation Program ; ISAP ; Newcomer Centre ; Newcomer Settlement Program ; NSP
Former Name Catholic Immigration Centre of Ottawa
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
219 Argyle Ave, 5th Flr
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4
View Google Map
Intersection O'Connor St and Catherine St
Accessibility Fully Accessible
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or OC Bus Schedules
Parking Parking meters
Other Details
Established 1950
Funding City / Town ; Provincial - Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration * Ministry of Culture ; Federal - Citizenship and Immigration Canada * Canadian Heritage ; Grants - Filles de la sagesse * Sisters of Charity ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 129546560 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Brochures * Cultural Profiles booklets
Resources Website
Accreditation No

Agency Overview

Please Note: Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this database is accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive. The Community Information Centre of Ottawa (CIC) cannot assume liability resulting from errors or omissions. Inclusion of a programme or service does not imply endorsement, nor does omission reflect on the contribution that an organization makes in a community. The reader should verify the information before acting on it.

This Site is linked to other websites that are not under the control of and are not maintained by the Community Information Centre of Ottawa (CIC). The CIC is not responsible for the content of those websites. The CIC is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link to such websites does not imply endorsement by the CIC of those websites. Anyone linking to this site must comply with these Terms and all applicable laws.