2018 Newcomers Welcome Fair

Great fun for the whole family; including balloon animals, face painting, a bouncy castle, interactive games, a talent show, a family fashion show, a raffle, a bake sale and more. There will be over 30 information booths, including OCCSC’s Settlement, Employment, Language Training and others that focus on education, transportation, banking and so much more.

OCCSC organizes an annual Newcomers Welcome Fair to help newcomers settle in Ottawa, introducing service providers that can help them settle comfortably and safely. We are very honored to have Mayor Watson, Councillors Allan Hubley and Marianne Wilkinson, many community partners and service providers join us for this free Sunday afternoon outing, combing fun and information to welcome hundreds of immigrant families.

  • Date/Time: May 6 (Sun) 1:00 – 4:30pm
  • Place: All Saints Catholic High School (5115 Kanata Ave, Kanata)
  • Free admission, free parking, everyone is welcome.

Mayor Watson will give an opening greeting and offer photo time (Councillors, Allan Hubley and Marianne Wilkinson will also join) with participants from 1:20pm – 2:00pm; we would ask those who wish to have a photo taken with the Mayor and Councillors, to please arrive at 1:00pm and line up in the designated area.


Mayor had his photo taken with a family

Families line up for a photo with Mayor Watson

Free Welcome Bag with Door Prizes

Every family will receive a welcome bag, including either a Piggy Bank or Coin Purse: quantity is limited, first come, first serve. The first 100 participants will also receive a gift certificate worth $99 and free uniform when enrolled from Winning Circle Martial Arts.


Piggy Bank

Free Martial Arts Classes

Services from the different organizations:

There are more then 30 information booths, including OCCSC’s Settlement Services, Language Training, Employment Support, and Services for Syrian Refugees Program. Others focus on education, parenting, employment, health, banking, housing, insurance, after school programs and so much more. Ottawa Fire Services invited families to experience laser fire extinguishing.


OCCSC booth

Laser Fire Extinguishing

Recreation activities for the Whole Family:

The popular recreation activities, including face painting, various balloon animals, and parent and kids games for babies at the Kids Zone, aged 6 months to 12 years old. Participations can also enjoy the performances from a Youth/Kids talent show and a Family Fashion show.

We are very excited to have Live Star Wars Characters from Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion this year. Star Wars has fans of all ages worldwide for over 40 years. Our participants can interact with them in games and have their photo taken.


Star Wars Characters

Star Wars Interactive Game

Face Painting and Balloon Animals

Bouncy Castle

The Group Talent Show for youth and children offers an opportunity to showcase their talents, develop their self-confidence and teamwork, with performances that include the Hai Yan Dance Group, the Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada and the Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club.


Youth Talent Show

Kids Talent Show

The Family Fashion Show is a new activity this year; we will provide a stage to showcase entire newcomer families dressed in traditional, cosplay, DIY clothing or matching outfits. A volunteer photographer will take photos for the family.


Family Fashion Show

Family Fashion Show (cosplay sample)

For registration for the Family Fashion Show, please contact Ms. Lu at yongyi.lu@occsc.org or call 613-235-4875 Ext.168.

Don’t miss out on our famous lucky draws. The total value of prizes worth $4,800.

Please register at OCCSC booth with your ID, please provide your ID at the OCCSC registration desk: PR card/ landing paper/ citizenship card or certificate/ work permit/ study permit/ visitor visa.

You will receive: ·A OCCSC lucky draw raffle ticket & · 2018-2019 Newcomers Service Directory, one person with the ID will receive one lucky draw ticket.

There are over 30 raffle prizes, including a Mayor’s Basket, baskets from the City Councillors, restaurant, health and wellness gift certificates, free passes and tickets for local attractions and museums, free classes for 3 months from Winning Circle Martial Arts, worth $400. (The first 100 participants will also receive a gift certificate worth $99 and free uniform when enrolled). More prizes are still on the way.


Mayor’s Basket

Many different gift certificates

2018-2019 Newcomers Services Directory

Index of 2018-2019 Newcomers Services Directory

Homemade Bake Sale:

Our Happy Kitchen, Healthy Living” program will show off their handmade goods in a bake sale.


Happy Kitchen

Happy Kitchen

Please join us for a free Sunday afternoon outing of informative fun!

Free parking available on site.

Information: 613-235-4875 ext. 168

Thanks to OCCSC’s generous sponsors and exhibitors:


  • CIBC
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Marks Motors – Audi & Porsche
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction

    Media Sponsors:

  • ComeFromChina.com
  • CFC News
  • Ottawa Chinese Radio


  • Marks Motors – Audi, Porsche
  • Algonquin College
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion—Live Star Wars Characters
  • Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada
  • CIA International
  • CIBC – Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean and Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa
  • EC Education Group
  • eSmartLive. Ltd
  • Freedom Mobile
  • iDeal Properties Realty
  • I Shall Travel
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Lichen Home Improvement Ltd
  • Marks Motors – Audi, Porsche
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • National Bank of Canada – Penny Yan
  • OCCSC Happy Kitchen
  • OCCSC Settlement, Employment Services, Language training, Pre- Arrival Services
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Ottawa Public Health, Dental Health Promotion
  • Ottawa Talent Color Art School
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • RBC Royal Bank—Campeau Branch
  • Scouts Canada
  • Star Motors of Ottawa – Mercedes-Benz
  • Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction
  • YMCA Employment Services

    Gift Donors:

  • Altitude Gym
  • Calypso Water Park
  • CIBC- Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean And Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Councillor Allan Hubley
  • Councillor Marianne Wilkinson
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc
  • Delta Force Paintball
  • Denis Office Supplies
  • Escape Manor
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Gray Line Ottawa
  • Haunted Walks Inc.
  • Kanata Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery
  • Karters’ Korner Splatterville Paintball
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
  • Mayor Jim Watson
  • Monkey Around Play & Learn Centre
  • Mortgageking
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ottawa Holistic Wellness
  • Purple Urchin Soap
  • Success in Steps Parent Consultant
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction
  • Winning Circle Martial Arts & Wellness Centre

    Video from previous years :·
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ_ylUmn5c8 (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQfZk6L6LuQ (2013)

    Webpage: http://occsc.org/2017-newcomers-welcome-fair-with-a-great-success/