About us

8069697 Canada Centre (CC8) is a Canadian registered charity which supports The Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) by providing space and financial donations in support of the CCI mission.  CC8 owns and manages three buildings: the Bruyère Centre for Immigrants, Maison Sophia Reception House and Welcome House. All three buildings are used by CCI to provide services to immigrant and refugee newcomers. Registered in May 2012, the Canada Centre’s Registration Number is 82502 4102 RR0001. The Head Office of the Corporation is located at 219 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2H4. Contact us at 613-232-9634.

The Bruyère Centre for Immigrants is located at 219 Argyle Avenue in Ottawa. It provides newcomers with one-stop access to the services of several immigrant serving agencies, groups and organizations. These agencies all share the mandate of welcoming immigrants and refugees and striving to build a more welcoming community. Often working together, they offer a range of services to newcomers designed to smooth their transition to our country.

Maison Sophia Reception House (formerly Maison Thérèse Dallaire) is located at 204 Boteler Street in Ottawa. It is a temporary, by referral only, residential facility for government assisted refugees (GARs), and homeless immigrants or refugees. Maison Sophia Reception House provides a first home in Canada for GARs and a shelter for homeless newcomers who ask the City of Ottawa for help. The building accommodates a maximum of 96 people and includes a food preparation facility, a large dining room, common lounge areas and laundry facilities.

Welcome House opened in December, 2018, thanks to the generous support of the Ottawa Portuguese Community and the City of Ottawa. Welcome House is a transitional home for refugees who are in need of a temporary and welcoming home. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We help newcomers by providing information and orientation workshops about the immigration system, living in Ottawa, and how to access a variety of community services. We also provide six months of life skills coaching to newcomers after they have moved to their permanent home. We also help newcomers address any health needs and provide a children’s program to help them adjust to a new community as well as prepare them for school. We believe in creating an educational and supportive environment to dramatically reduce the time needed by newcomers to become settled and self-sufficient in their new community.