News from Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa

Connecting Ottawa is a network of legal agencies and community organizations in Ottawa. It is committed to improved access to justice by Ottawa residents who speak neither English nor French or who have difficulty communicating due to sensory impairments, speech, or language disorders.

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February and March 2019: ID Replacement Clinics in Ottawa

When: February 14 and March 14, 2019

Where: YMCA, 180 Argyle Ave., Ottawa K2P 1B7

The clinics are coordinated and staffed by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), supervised by lawyers from Borden Ladner Gervais, and held at the YMCA (180 Argyle). 

October 19, 2018

March 13, 14, 15: Legal Aid Ontario supporting racialized communities, Ottawa

When: March 13, 14, and 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Where: 3 venues in Ottawa

Are you Black/Asian/Latin American/Middle Eastern? Do you know where to go for legal help if you are charged with a crime? Getting divorced or separated? Facing deportation?

March 09, 2018

August 8 & 9: Respecting rights workshops, Ottawa


  • Workshop 1: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Workshop 2: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Vanier Community Services Centre, 290 Dupuis, Ottawa  K1L 1A2

To register: Contact Josée at 613-255-3315 OR Natalie

These workshops, sponsored by Advocacy Network of Eastern Ontario (DANEO) and Connecting Ottawa, are free but space is limited, so please register.  

July 24, 2017

December 2: Lunch & Learn / Dîner - Causerie: Trauma Informed Care Approach In Social and Legal Services

When: December 2, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Catholic Centre for Immigrants, 219 Argyle Ave, Room 114, Ottawa

This month, Connecting Ottawa's Lunch & Learn will be revisiting this year's conference topic of trauma-informed care.

November 14, 2016

September 23: Lunch & Learn / Dîner - Causerie: How to Support Clients with Mental Illness - What are Their Rights?

When: Friday, September 23, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) Community Room959 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

The event will emphasize an introduction to Mental Health Law, what community workers should understand, how they can help, and resources available in Ottawa.

September 20, 2016

June 3: Lunch & Learn / Dîner - Causerie: Family Law/ Droit de la Famille

When: Friday, June 3, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Catholic Centre for Immigrants, 219 Argyle Ave, Room 113, Ottawa

This is an informal, bilingual meeting held over lunch for service providers in Ottawa on the topic of family law.

May 25, 2016

May 18: Sounds Traumatic: Rethinking What Trauma Means for Legal and Social Work

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue, Ottawa K1L 7L5

Registration: Pre-registration is required. There is no fee to register. 

This half-day conference introduces the concept of trauma-informed care and how it may apply to legal, immigration, and social service sectors.

April 08, 2016

March 4: Guardianship, Powers of Attorneys & Other Alternatives

When: Friday, March 4, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Catholic Centre for Immigrants, room 114, 219 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa

Discussion topics will include, What is a power of attorney for personal care? for property? When is guardianship necessary? What is a capacity assessment and when do you need one?

February 24, 2016

March 1: Wills and Estate Planning, including review of Capacity Assessments: for Families with Dependants with Disabilities

When: March 1, 2016, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: United Way Office, 363 Coventry Rd, Ottawa ON K1K 2C5

Topics to be covered include planning for dependant adult/children, importance of a will, power of attorney, and Henson Trusts.

February 16, 2016

March 9: Abuse prevention for people with disabilities

When: March 9, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Where: Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers), City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

To RSVP: Contact Crime Prevention Ottawa at or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. Space is limited.

People living with a disability are at a significantly higher risk of becoming the victims of crime. An expert on prevention will lead this session.

February 16, 2016

February 10 & 11: Free Information Session on Wills and Estates

When: February 10 & 11, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Legal Information Centre, 85 Albert St., Suite 1400, Ottawa

Registration: 613-842-7462;

The session will be in French on February 10, and in English on February 11, at the Ottawa Legal Information Centre.

January 25, 2016

Nov 23, 25, 27: Refugees Welcome: Event Series to Address The Refugee Crisis, Ottawa

When: November 23, 25, 27 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Various locations in Ottawa

This series includes a lecture, a community meeting and panel, and an evening of music, poetry, and storytelling.

November 16, 2015

Starting November 17: Citizenship Test Preparation Classes, Ottawa

When: Tuesdays, November 17, 2015 to February 2, 2016, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: OCISO LINC, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd floor, room 307

This is a series of 10 classes, all free, being held in Ottawa.

November 05, 2015

November 3: The Medical and Legal Case for Health Care for Migrants

When: November 3, 2015, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Pavillon Fauteux, pièce 232 | Fauteux Hall, room 232, Ottawa U Campus

You are invited to a post-hearing debrief on Nov. 3 featuring medical and legal representatives following the IFHP case being heard at the Federal Court of Appeal on October 26-27.

October 20, 2015

How to Help Syrian Refugees in Ottawa

Connecting Ottawa has provided a list of resources and organizations in Ottawa for helping refugees.

October 02, 2015

August 10: Prisoners Justice Day, Ottawa

When: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 101, 320 Jack Purcell Lane (off Elgin Street), Ottawa

Contact: Sam Rice at 613-552-4407

Prisoners' Justice Day, an afternoon of solidarity with the criminalized and imprisoned, emerged as a day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the 1974 death of Eddie Nalon at Millhaven.

July 13, 2015

June 22: Free Workshop on Housing and Human Rights, Ottawa

When: Monday, June 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Wabano Centre For Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Road, Ottawa

RSVP: Please RSVP as soon as possible to Katie Plaizier at 1-800-263-1139 Ext. 3

There will also be a free clinic for tenants at the end of the workshop where a lawyer will be present to provide free legal advice and information.

June 18, 2015

May 27: How's Your Legal Health? - Linking Health Literacy and Legal Capability

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Where: Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1L 7L5

This half-day conference will look at opportunities and strategies for building upon or adapting learnings from the health sector into the practice of public legal education and information.

May 05, 2015

Jan. 22: On the Record: What You Need To Know About Police Record Checks in Ontario

When: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Andrew Haydon Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa

Presenters at this event are Jacqueline Tasca, John Howard Society of Ontario, and Abby Deshman, Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

January 19, 2015

July 8: 'Train the Trainer' Workshop on Youth Criminal Justice: What Parents Should Know

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, Community and Overbrook rooms, 225 Donald Street, Ottawa

The purpose of this event is to train community leaders to deliver the "Youth Criminal Justice: What Parents Should Know" workshop to parents in Ottawa's newcomer and immigrant communities.

June 25, 2014