Khaled Agha shares his experience coming to Canada as a refugee

This is the story of Khaled Agha, who came to Canada as a refugee in 2016 when he was 18 years old. He and his family are now settled in Ottawa, and he is hard at work at college, studying English. Please share and help us in our effort to sponsor Khaled’s uncle, aunt and cousins, [...]

“For 15 years, I felt incomplete”: a story of family reunification

One of the most important things in life is family, and it can be very difficult to live apart from them. The feeling that you're left out of a family event, forgetting what your brother or sister or their children look like. I used to feel miserable and sad when I’d hear family members [...]

OCRA 2.0: Supporting family reunification

OCRA 2.0 is our ongoing effort to help our refugee families and to promote refugee settlement. The single most important issue that our refugee families have identified, over and over again, is the plight of their close family members who were left behind and are living in vulnerable circumstances in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. [...]

OCRA in The Glebe Report

Members of OCRA teamed up to write an article for The Glebe Report. The 2.5 page spread appeared in the December 2016 issue. In the article they discuss how OCRA was formed, our story so far, and some of the successes and challenges we’ve had along the way. One of our new arrivals also wrote [...]

Release of Senate Committee Report

Last week, the Senate Committee released their report - Finding Refuge in Canada: A Syrian Resettlement Story. As you may know, OCRA was asked to appear before the Senate Human Rights Committee in October – Our statement to the Committee highlighted several areas of concern for refugee settlement including the importance of access to language [...]

OCRA’s statement to the Senate Human Rights Committee

Angela Keller-Herzog at Senate Human Rights Committee hearing OCRA was asked to appear before the Senate Human Rights Committee on October 19, 2016. In our statement to the Committee we highlighted three areas of concern for refugee settlement - The most important and immediate concerns family reunification. The most urgent and pressing need [...]