Background

Founded in 1993, the Economic and Social Council of Ottawa Carleton (CESOC) was legally constituted as a non-profit corporate agency in 1994. For the past 18 years, the agency has been working on the development of a multicultural Francophonie through the full social and cultural integration of French-language immigrants from the four corners of the world, primarily from Francophone Africa, Haiti, the Middle East and, more recently, from the Francophone countries of Europe.

CESOC’s organizational structure consists of a Board of Directors and a Coordinator’s Office that manages the daily operations of the agency with the help of managers and program coordinators.

Originally, CESOC received grants from the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Ottawa and other funders.

Since 2004, CESOC has been mainly funded by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP). This funding has enabled the agency to provide reception and settlement services to more than 5,000 French-language clients. Subsequently, CESOC has received additional funding for the creation of support services to meet related needs in such fields as employability and health.

CESOC is part of a large network of agencies that provide services in both official languages. Furthermore, the agency is a member of LASI (Local Agencies Serving Immigrants), OLIP (Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership), OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants), AFO (Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario), CPIFO (Coalition pour prévenir l’itinérance chez les francophones d’Ottawa), CCR (Canadian Council for Refugees), and works in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Global and Community Engagement, La Cité collégiale, La Nouvelle Scène, OCISO (Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization), the YMCA-YWCA, Jewish Family Services and many other partners.