Ottawa Centre Refugee Action is a community-based group of volunteers that sponsors and helps refugees settle in Ottawa, Canada. We have been actively sponsoring and settling refugees and reuniting families torn apart by war or fleeing persecution since December 2015.
As of November 2023, we have helped settle 34 families and individuals — 94 people in total, ranging in age from from 16 months to 75 years.
Since our inception, OCRA has raised more than $1 Million, all of which has been used to fund refugee settlement or been committed for pending sponsorships. Our operations and administration are carried out entirely by volunteers.
As of November 2023, we are proceeding with sponsorship applications for an additional 10 families/individuals. These applications await processing by the Canadian government. In addition, we have submitted 2 sponsorship applications to the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa which await submission to the Canadian government.
Beginning in 2022, we also became involved in sponsoring refugees from Afghanistan.
While we work within the government’s current refugee process, we believe that Canada should have a system for accepting refugees that is more accessible, more efficient, more timely and more transparent.