The francophone community has a rich, vibrant, multi-faceted culture. Its dynamism is
rooted in its varied activities, as well as in its institutions and organizations, and is
evident in every aspect of society, including in the fields of culture, health, justice, the
economy and education.
Ontario francophones: who are they?
An inclusive definition
On June 4, 2009, Ontario adopted a new definition regarding the province’s francophone
population which better reflects the evolution and diversity of Ontario’s francophone
communities. This more inclusive definition of Ontario’s francophones reads as follows:
Those persons whose mother tongue is French, plus those whose mother tongue is neither
French nor English but have a particular knowledge of French as an Official Language and use
French at home.
"The francophone community wanted a more inclusive definition that better reflects its
diversity. This new definition will give the government a more accurate picture of the demand
for French-language services across the province and help ministries better plan for the
delivery of these services". Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for
It was the French who first explored what is now the province of Ontario, where they
established the first missions and trading posts. The first European expedition to Ottawa
occurred in 1535, when Jacques Cartier sent one of his ships up the Ottawa River. Étienne
Brûlé subsequently explored Ontario between 1610 and 1612.
An initial wave of francophone immigration during the 19th century
The greatest number of francophones, commonly called French-Canadians, arrived during the
19th century. Initially, they settled in the Eastern portion of the province, along the
Ottawa River, in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell and Glengarry-Stormont, later gravitating toward
the North-East. Various sectors, such as the railways and the farming, forestry and
mining industries, afforded opportunities to settle and work in each of these Ontario regions.
The Francophone community very quickly organized itself, creating its first institutions and
organizations. In 1910, the Association canadienne-française d'éducation de l'Ontario
(ACFÉO), which subsequently became the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (ACFO) and
the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO), came into being.
This was followed by the:
publication of the first issue of Le Droit newspaper
in 1913 ;
adoption by the provincial government, in 1912, of Regulation 17,
reducing the teaching of French in schools to promote anglicization;
unveiling, in 1975, of the Franco-Ontarian flag, which was officially
recognized in 2001;
recognition, in 1979, of the right to a criminal trial in French;
recognition, by the Court of Appeal, of the right of Franco-Ontarians to manage their
passage of the provincial law guaranteeing access to education in French and the
creation, in 1985, of the Office of Francophone Affairs;
passage, in 1986, of the French Language Services Act which came
into effect in 1989, guaranteeing services in French in 22 designated areas;
creation of the TV Ontario television channel in 1987, which
subsequently became the Office de télécommunications éducatives de langue française de
l’Ontario (OTÉLFO – TFO) in 2007;
creation of the first two French-language school boards and establishment of the Réseau
francophone des services de garde [French-language day care services network) and the
French-language community literacy centres in 1988;
opening of La Cité collégiale in 1990;
demonstration organized by the SOS Montfort movement, which brought together
10,000 people in 1997 and resulted in the constitutional protection of
Ottawa's Montfort Hospital in 2000 and the winning of its case in the Court of
Appeal in 2002;
reorganization of French-language education, with the establishment of twelve school
boards in 1998;
unveiling, in 2006, of the first Monument de la francophonie,;
creation of the Office of French Language Services Commissioner in 2007;
establishment, in 2007, of a Réseau d’appui à l’immigration [immigration support
network] in Eastern Ontario; this network consists of approximately one hundred
organizations involved in the intake, settlement and integration of French-speaking
Rich in history, heritage and development, the Ottawa francophone community
numbers 143,220 people whose first official language is French.
Based on the new definition, Ottawa’s francophone population has increased by 10%.
The data show that 28.4% of anglophones speak both official languages.
38.3% of the population speak both French and English.
The average employment income is higher than that in the rest of Ontario.
Lower than that for the rest of Ontario, the unemployment rate is 5.9% among
anglophones and 5.8% among francophones.
The most recent francophone immigrants come primarily from Africa, Asia, the Middle
East and Europe.
23,525 of Ottawa's francophones are members of a visible minority.
After four centuries of evolution, Ontario’s francophone community
numbers 582,690, i.e., 4.8% of the total
population of the province, and is the second largest francophone community in Canada after
Quebec. It should be noted that 41.5% of francophones live in Eastern Ontario.
One individual in twenty in Ontario is francophone.
The population of the francophone community is older than that of Ontario as a
Three francophones in five were born in Ontario, while one in five was born in
Approximately 14% of Ontario francophones were born outside Canada.
20% of francophone immigrants arrived in Ontario between 2001 and 2006.
État des lieux de l’immigration d’expression française à Ottawa, Ronald Bisson, Patricia
Ahouansou and Charles Draper, October 27, 2009
La francophonie: unique in its vitality
"La francophonie" refers to the French language and the speaking of French, as well as
to a vital, dynamic and changing community such as Ottawa’s francophone community.
Regardless of whether its francophone citizens were born in Ottawa, elsewhere in Ontario,
other parts of Canada or another country, they are all writing the history of this community -
a community enriched by its cultural traditions and history.
The flag is recognized as the emblem of Ontario’s francophone community.
The emblem of Ontario’s francophone community consists of two vertical bands of different
colours. The first band is mid green and has a white lily in the middle.
The second band is white and has a mid green trillium in the middle.
On the flag, green represents summer and white represents winter. Together, the
colours represent the diversity of Ontario’s climate. The lily symbolizes the
international francophone community, while the trillium is the floral emblem of Ontario.
This flag was officially flown for the first time on September 25, 1975, at the Laurentian
University in Sudbury. In 2001, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario recognized it as the
official Franco-Ontarian emblem.
Song: "Mon beau drapeau", composed by Brian St-Pierre (In French
The Monuments de la francophonie in Ottawa
The Monuments de la francophonie de l'Ontario is a
network of historical and heritage gathering sites located throughout the province, featuring
historical plaques and an outsize Franco-Ontarian flag measuring 5 m x 10 m.
The francophone difference: services adapted to Ottawa's francophone
A short history
On June 15, 1912, the government adopted Regulation 17, which stipulated that English was to
be the only language of communication and instruction allowed in the classroom. Teachers
were allowed to teach French for only one hour a day. Both the teachers and the Ottawa
Separate School Board refused to comply with this regulation and French-Canadians took the
appropriate measures to defend their rights. In 1927, French was finally once again approved as
a language of instruction in Ontario schools.
Ottawa francophones have access to a French-language school system from kindergarten to the
post-secondary level. The diversity for which the francophone community is known enriches the
cultural life in the schools, francophone colleges and universities belonging to the
French-language education network in Ontario.
By choosing a French-language school in Ottawa, parents ensure that their children learn and
enjoy a unique francophone experience, because the schools communicate and promote francophone
"An agent of change and important partner in our society, French-language education
(FLE) actively contributes to the development and vitality of francophone communities, which in
turn enhances the quality of life for all citizens of Ontario. In light of the ever-growing
diversity of Ontario’s population, FLE provides programs and services to welcome and assist all
parents who wish to enrol their children in a French school, as well as all students who sign
up for post-secondary education programs offered in French."
All schools are grouped by region and directed by school boards managed by the Ministry of
Education. There are two French school boards in the Ottawa region, i.e., the Conseil des
écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (French Catholic School Board Centre-East) and the Conseil des
écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (Eastern Ontario French Public School Board). In
addition to being responsible for the planning, construction and operating of schools, these
boards are responsible for hiring and supervising all school staff members. The school boards
are required to enrol students between the ages of 6 and 21. The students must attend
school until age 18.
Both school boards work with Ottawa community organizations to provide other services in the
schools, such as the Settlement Workers in Schools program.
Democratically elected every four years, the school board trustees liaise between the boards
and the community, in addition to their duties at the board level.
For additional information regarding admission criteria for primary and secondary schools
and post-secondary institutions:
Programs and services: from kindergarten to post-secondary
Programs and services for toddlers
For early-learning activities, exploration and play, the French-language school boards offer
full-time junior and senior kindergarten programs, starting at age 4.
Ottawa has 58 programs and services for toddlers.
In addition, some school boards offer or will soon be offering programs for children aged
Most children attend their neighbourhood primary school. Primary school (also called
elementary school) begins with kindergarten and ends with Grade 8.
There are 42 francophone primary schools in Ottawa.
The school works with the parents to determine the grade in which their child should be
There are four levels in the thirteen francophone secondary schools in Ottawa, i.e., Grades
9 to 12.
There are many post-secondary education programs available in French in Ottawa, offered by
four different institutions.
Located in the city’s core, the University of
Ottawa offers learners a comprehensive range of academic programs in French and
Federated with the University of Ottawa, Saint-Paul
University offers programs in Human Sciences, Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law in
small, customized classes.
Dominican University College: This
university college offers four categories of programs, i.e., in Arts and Sciences, Philosophy,
Human Sciences and Theology.
collégiale is Ottawa’s francophone college. It has two campuses: the main
campus, on Aviation Parkway, and the Campus Alphonse-Desjardins - Centre des métiers Minto, in
the Orleans district. The college offers a variety of full-time programs of study and
specializes in the fields of health, communications and skilled trades.
SOS Devoirs (homework
SOS Devoirs is a homework assistance service
for students in Grades 1 to 12 in French-language schools.
Le Relais is a "Programme d’appui à la lutte contre le
décrochage scolaire" [Dropout Prevention Program] – Educational (homework assistance),
recreational and preventive activities (QOP).
Continuing, adult and special education
Continuing and adult education
Continuing and adult education programs are available free of charge at Éducation permanente
and École des adultes Le Carrefour for young people who wish to return to school and obtain
their Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), adult learners who must acquire skills essential to
their personal or professional development, workers who have been laid off and who wish to
upgrade their skills to increase their chances of finding another job, and newcomers who need
to improve their language skills or to complete their studies.
The Centre Moi j'apprends is a community
organization that enables francophone adults in Ottawa to participate in the social, cultural
and economic life of their community. Its programs enable adults to acquire basic
reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills in order to communicate more effectively,
more easily integrate into the job market and improve their quality of life. (In French
The Centre Jules-Léger
The mission of the Centre Jules-Léger is to provide students with severe learning
disabilities, who have been diagnosed with attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder, and/or
who are blind, deaf or deafblind, with a learning environment allowing them to develop to their
full personal, intellectual, linguistic, cultural, spiritual, social and emotional
potential. Two schools fulfil this mandate: theÉcole
d'applicationserves in various capacities, i.e., as a demonstration
school and residence, in addition to providing training and consultation services and
the École provinciale, which
provides quality educational programs to deaf, hearing impaired, blind or deafblind Ontario
francophone children for whom no appropriate programs are available in their
communities. (In French Only)
Élargir l’espace francophone
Élargir l’espace francophone is
a collaborative effort involving the community, private, government and French-language
education sectors to ensure the development of the francophone environment, as well as the
dynamism and long-term survival of French-speaking communities. (In French Only)
Economy and employability
The Ottawa economy and job market
Many employers are looking for francophone employees who are bilingual. Fluency in
both official languages is a valuable asset to job seekers.
For more information on employment, visit the "Finding a job"
Classification– is a publication
which provides information on the current trends and future outlook for 190 occupations
common to Ontario. It is a joint effort of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities and Service Canada – Ontario region.
in Canada – is the primary Government of Canada source for information
regarding the job market. It provides free, authorized information regarding
trades and careers, including educational requirements, primary responsibilities,
salary levels, current trends and job outlook.
www.tosucceed.ca – On this site,
job seekers will find all of the tools necessary to make a career change, prepare a
résumé, find information regarding the job market, have a successful interview and
secure employment. Newcomers will find the support necessary for their
integration, while ODSP recipients will find assistance geared toward their particular
needs. Employers can post their job opportunities free of charge and receive
financial assistance for the hiring and training of new employees.
www.francopartage.ca - A site
providing employment resources for francophones; these resources are supplied by site
members, who are located throughout Ontario. It allows correspondence with the
members and question and answer sessions. Short career videos are also
Thousands of people start businesses each year. Regardless of whether they do so alone
or as part of a group, they must be entrepreneurial to succeed.
There are a variety of options when choosing a business structure, i.e., a private company
(sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation), a collective enterprise (non-profit
organizations and cooperatives).
Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs): Small- and medium-sized businesses are businesses
of varying sizes; however, in Canada, they must generally have no more than 500 employees or
assets in excess of $25 million. The Government of Canada classifies them into four
Micro-enterprise: 1 - 4 employees
Small business: 5-49 employees
Medium-sized business: 100-499 employees
Large business: 500 employees or more
For more information on how to start a business, visit the “Starting a business” section of this Portal.
Volunteers offer their services without remuneration. The desire to help others is a
traditional value of Canadian society. Volunteering can help people:
acquire work experience in Canada;
become acquainted with the Canadian workplace;
practise their English and French;
make friends and acquaintances;
obtain references in Canada;
hear about job opportunities;
assume new responsibilities and develop new skills.
Volunteering can also open the door to paid employment. Most prospective
employers will ask about Canadian work experience. Working as a volunteer is an
excellent means of acquiring Canadian experience and meeting people who can be used as
references. A growing number of employers consider volunteering a valid component of a
candidate’s work history.
How to find volunteering opportunities: contact a community organization, through a friend
or an intake and settlement counsellor.
For information regarding États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa, please visit Je rêve Ottawa web site. (In French Only) The
Summit summary is also available. The
follow-up will be carried out by ACFO.
The goal of the Citizens Academy is to educate and empower citizens by giving
them the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to actively participate in their community.
The Academy focuses on bringing together groups, people and organizations from every sector in
The Montfort Hospital is Ontario’s Francophone academic health science centre, offering exemplary person-centred care in both official languages. With its main partners, the University of Ottawa and La Cité college, as well as other post-secondary programs, Montfort is preparing the next generation of Francophone healthcare professionals. Montfort is striving to become your hospital of reference for outstanding services, designed with you and for you.
To find an organization that provides health care services in French:
211 Ontario - A tool for
finding government and community agencies providing health care services in
French. Search by service or using a key word and location.
Information Centre - Six tools to search for services offered in the
Eastern and South-Eastern Ontario counties and a French-language directory for the City
of Ottawa. Search using key words, organization name or subject, with the option of
specifying the city or area.
Établissement.org - A
tool for finding French-language services in Ontario, including health care
services. Search by region or city, by service or using a key word.
Champlainhealthline.ca - Directory
of facilities providing health care services in the Champlain region; classified by
service category (services provided in English and French)
Champlain LHIN - List of all
Champlain LHIN health care providers; organized according to geographic area (services
provided in French and English).
To find a health care professional who provides services in French:
(click on the links to access the web sites)
Connect - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
Program designed to help people find a family doctor.
santé- Tool for finding information regarding
French-language health care and social services professionals in Ontario. Search
by service and by postal code.
Search - Research tool on the web site of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Search for information regarding physicians,
pediatricians and specialists using various criteria, including language of service
(tool for searching for information regarding health care professionals providing
services in French), area of specialization and location. In English only.
Champlainhealthline.ca - Various
tools for finding information regarding health care professionals in the Champlain
Obtaining an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card
Application for Ontario Health Insurance must be made upon arrival in Ontario.
Generally speaking, there is a three-month waiting period between the date of arrival and the
date the card is issued.
For additional information regarding health care: in the event
of an emergency, family physicians, hospitals, walk-in clinics, community resource and health
The Ottawa region has a variety of financial institutions which provide services in French.
Some institutions have branches which offer services in languages other than French and
To learn more about banking, visit the “Banking”
section of this Portal.
Ottawa has a wide range of housing options and prices with many distinct neighbourhoods. For
more information about buying or renting an apartment or home, visit the “Finding a Place to Stay” and “Housing” sections of this portal.
Ottawa Community Housing
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides and manages safe, quality, affordable housing for
low- and middle-income households. As the largest subsidized housing provider, it works with
its tenants and community partners to promote the development of healthy, safe, diverse,
sustainable communities. For additional information regarding housing at market rates and
Housing assistance services
For information on how to access subsidized or affordable housing, visit Action-Housing or Housing Help, both are charitable organizations devoted to
assisting, in both French and English, low-income individuals and families to find and maintain
safe, affordable, adequate rental housing.
Residents of housing co-operatives are members of the co-op society that owns the units. The
cooperative rents housing to members, but the members do not own their units. The members
are active participants in the planning, design and day-to-day administration of the
co-operative. Anyone can request accommodation in a housing co-operative and such co-operatives
accommodate people of all backgrounds and cultures. Some co-operatives focus on particular
groups, such as francophones.
How to apply?
Once the co-operatives of interest have been selected, it is important to communicate with
each to obtain information regarding membership procedures and be placed on their waiting
For additional, on-line, information regarding vacant co-op housing, visit: The Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario (CHASEO)
francophone or bilingual housing co-operatives in Ottawa
Coopérative d’habitation Coté Est
Coopérative d’habitation L’Auberge
Coopérative d’habitation Beausoleil
Coopérative d’habitation Brébeuf
Coopérative d’habitation de LaSalle
Coopérative d’habitation d'app. Desjardins
Coop Côte de Sable / Sandy Hill Housing Co-operative
Coopérative d’habitation St. Georges / St. Georges Housing Co-operative
Finding a child care centre consistent with household income and needs is one of the primary
concerns of parents with young children. It is a difficult task which can take a great
deal of time and must be planned well in advance, as licensed child care centres in Ontario are
in great demand and have long waiting lists.
There are basically two types of child care services in Ontario:
Licensed child care services, which have a government-issued operating
Unlicensed child care services, also known as informal child care,
whose suppliers are not required to obtain an operating permit, provided that they care for
no more than 5 children under the age of 10 to whom they are not related, for example:
private arrangements between parents and a care provider hired to look after their
children. Child care services of this nature are not regulated and are not eligible
To find the right child
Check the on-line guide
to licensed child care services in Ontario posted on the Ministry of Education web site to
search by city, postal code, program type, etc.
There are a number of French-language media in Ottawa.
Le Droit is a
popular French-language daily published in
the Ottawa-Gatineau region, which is circulated in
eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. It can also be purchased
in Montreal, as well as in
other Quebec and Ontario regions. (In French Only)
L’Express published on Thursday, is available
free of charge at French-language schools and approximately one hundred newsstands. It
covers the City of Ottawa from east to west, i.e., from Cumberland to Kanata, including
Orleans, Gloucester and Nepean. L'Express focuses on news from the francophone schools,
the Franco-Ontarian cultural scene and the various community stakeholders (service
clubs, parishes, local politics). (In French Only)
Two student newspapers are published at the colleges and universities,
i.e., La Rotonde (the University of Ottawa
French-language paper) and Cité Collégiale’s SagaCité. (In French Only)
TFO: The Office des télécommunications éducatives
de langue française de l’Ontario (OTÉLFO - commonly known as TFO) began broadcasting on
April 1, 2007. A producer and distributor of television programs, TFO has been
recognized as a vital institution for the Ontario francophone community. In
addition, TFO promotes the French reality in Ontario and elsewhere through quality
educational and cultural multimedia content and services. (In French Only)
Rogers – community
television channel 23: Rogers believes in the importance of television in bringing
together the members of a community like yours. This is why Rogers has been investing
in the ongoing development of TV Rogers for more than 40
A number of community organizations and institutions produce newsletters. These
communication tools are effective in promoting the activities and initiatives of Ottawa’s
Culture and the arts: hallmarks of vitality!
As both the National Capital and a city with a unique local culture, Ottawa is a vibrant
city of arts and culture. Ottawa truly has something for everyone, including national museums,
local cultural spaces, lively neighbourhoods, and numerous festivals, fairs and events taking
place all year round.
Some of the offerings tailored to francophones are:
The Nouvelle Scène in Ottawa plays host to four
professional theatre companies offering theatrical productions in French – the Théâtre du
Trillium, the Théâtre de la Vieille 17, Vox Théâtre and the Théâtre la Catapulte. There
are also many community and school theatres. (In French Only)
The Shenkman Arts Centre provides space for
performing arts presentations and visual art exhibitions, as well as space for instruction in a
variety of arts. It offers services and programs in both English and French.
Each year, the Festival franco-ontarien returns
with music and song to celebrate what the francophone community was, is and will be. Shows,
events/activities, booths and more - where passion and pride are everywhere to be found!
For more than 30 years, the Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans (MIFO) has been
showcasing francophone culture and promoting cultural expression in the Orleans community. The
MIFO is a multidisciplinary centre offering a variety of artistic, cultural and community
programs and services in French. An integral part of the community, the MIFO is the most
important Franco-Ontarian cultural centre.
For more information on arts and culture in Ottawa, visit the “Arts
and Culture” section of this Portal.
Justice and rights
The Clinique juridique francophone de l’Est d’Ottawa is part of the Vanier
Community Service Centre. It primarily serves the francophones in East Ottawa regarding
the following legal areas: immigration, tenant rights, and income maintenance (social
assistance, ODSP, employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan). Its telephone number
is 613 744-2892, ext. 1111.
The Clinique juridique also provides legal advice via its Legal information
Line: 1 877 500-4508.
The Clinique juridique can organize legal workshops for organizations and community
For additional information regarding the Clinique juridique francophone, visit the VCSC web site.
"On May 9, 2001, Ottawa City Council enacted
the Bilingualism Policy which reaffirms its commitment
to offer services in the two official languages to residents and staff. The Bilingualism Policy
is both practical and flexible in its approach. The Bilingualism Policy’s provisions govern
several features of civic activity, notably communications, the proactive delivery of services
in both languages to citizens and staff, work organization, including designation of positions,
language training, and cultural program management."
The French Language Services Branch (FLSB), which falls
under the City Manager office, was created in May 2001 following City Council's enactment
of the Bilingualism Policy. The FLSB is responsible for working with the municipal
administration to ensure the implementation of the Bilingualism Policy. It ensures that the
various City Departments proactively offer French-language services to residents and staff. In
addition, the FLSB coordinates the provision of translation services.
French Language Services
Act - Provincial Government
For almost thirty years, the French Language
Services Act, 1986 (FLSA) (Bill 8) has guaranteed the right to services in French from
the Government of Ontario ministries and agencies in 25 designated areas.
Thanks to the French Language Services Act, all services offered to the public by government
ministries and agencies (driver’s licenses, birth certificates, information, etc.) are
available in French in government offices in or serving a designated area.
The Canadian government became officially bilingual in 1968.
The purpose of the Official Languages Act is to:
ensure respect for English and French, their equality of status and equal rights and
privileges regarding their use in federal institutions;
support the development of English and French linguistic minority communities;
advance the equal status and use of English and French.
The Act applies to federal institutions, i.e., offices, Crown
corporations and federal departments. In addition, certain organizations, such as Air
Canada and VIA Rail, retained their language obligations after they were privatized.
According to Section 4: Parliamentarians and the public have the right to use either English
or French in Parliament. For its part, Parliament is required to provide simultaneous
interpretation of its debates and other proceedings.
According to Sections 5 to 13: All acts of Parliament are enacted, printed and published in
both official languages. In addition, federal institutions that, pursuant to an act, are
required to publish public notices must do so in both English- and French-language
According to Sections 14 to 20: In civil proceedings before federal courts other than the
Supreme Court, everyone has the right to be heard by a judge who understands the official
language chosen for the proceedings without the assistance of an interpreter. Federal
Courts include the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada and the Canadian Human Rights
According to Sections 39 and 40: The Government agrees to ensure that English- and
French-speaking Canadians have equal opportunities for employment and advancement in federal
N.B.: The Official Languages Act does not apply to provincial and
municipal governments or private businesses.
For more information about your rights and responsibilities, visit the “Legal system” section of this Portal.
Immigration supports to francophone communities
Information for Francophone newcomers
In addition to disseminating information regarding Ontario as a whole by region, settlement.org provides detailed information regarding
citizenship and immigration including, housing, jobs, health and education.
The CESOC/ESCOC coaches francophone immigrants, helps them prepare a settlement plan and
provides them with the services they need throughout the process. The CESOC/ESCOC also works to
promote the socioeconomic development of francophone immigrants, as well as the creation of a
multi-faceted francophone community, while respecting the rights of francophones in general and
the rights of francophone ethnocultural and racial minorities in particular.
Vanier Community Service
The Vanier Community Service Centre (VCSC) offers
a free settlement program service to assist Ottawa’s newcomers with their integration. The
Centre focuses on improving the quality of life, promoting the full potential and
developing the independence of the individuals, organizations and communities with which it is
collaborating. The VCSC promotes social equity as a means of developing a healthy and happy
Ottawa has many specialized agencies that are available to help new immigrants and their
families to settle and integrate into the community. Most of these services are offered
free of charge and many are available in multiple languages. Agencies also help direct
newcomers to the services they need. For more information, visit the “Settlement Services” section of this Portal.
Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’est de l’ontario
The Réseau does not provide services to newcomers directly. Its mandate is to
facilitate a process of local dialogue and encourage partnerships in developing projects to
facilitate the integration of francophone immigrants.