About us

About us

We are a volunteer organization here to support the needs of Ottawa’s immigrant community, refugee and newcomer population.

Our mission is to assist new Canadians in establishing their home with ease and helping them to connect to resources available to them regardless of their language and technological capabilities. We have a team of volunteers who speak many languages and are excited to be helping you integrate into Ottawa society.

We hope to always lend a listening ear, an empathetic heart and lots of enthusiasm! We began as a Generation SDG initiative funded by the United Nations Association of Canada.

About our founders:

Anis Alkhushi is a grade 12 student and first-generation Canadian who has been volunteering with immigrant communities for 2+ years.

His motivation for starting Capital Integration Movement was because he recognizes that a lack of humanized engagement, neglect of language diversity as well as overlooked internet illiteracy are significant barriers that stand between our social institutions and newcomers.

Christina Ricci is a public health professional who has been volunteering within the social determinants of health space and with marginalized communities for 2+ years.

She wanted to start Capital Integration Movement because she has seen firsthand the negative upstream impacts on health and well-being due to newcomers struggling to get access to services or feel connected to their community due to language barriers or cultural differences