Immigration is vital for Canada’s economic growth, yet newcomers face a multitude of challenges that hinder their ability to contribute — chief among them: learning the necessary skills to grow their career or business in this digital-first world.


The Newcomer Toolkit for Business and Work was built in collaboration with impact-driven stakeholders, newcomers, and grassroots leaders in entrepreneurship, community impact and government.

The program

Participants get access to:

  • Four interactive workshops to build digital skills for employment & entrepreneurship
  • The Virtual Support Showcase to connect & network with with employment & entrepreneurial service providers
  • Group Wellness Circles to explore tools for stress management, motivation & self-care
  • One-on-one coaching with workshop facilitators & Impact Hub Ottawa coaches
  • Continued support through a three-month free Virtual Membership to Impact Hub Ottawa

Workshops & Events

Week 1 - Storytelling with Lissa Appiah:
Clearly communicate your experience and skills.
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Week 2 - Networking with Karla Briones:
Build good relationships with the right people in your industry.
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Week 3 - Digital Marketing & Communications With Stephanie Mitchell:
Impress anyone that Googles you or your business .
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Week 4 - E-commerce with Krysta Roney:
 Start a successful online store.
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Week 5 - Virtual Support Showcase:
Meet and network with newcomer support providers from across Ottawa, including Invest Ottawa, Alterna Savings, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, OCISO, Shopify, World Skills Employment Centre.

Coaching & Continued Support

After the workshops, continue your learning through:

  • One-on-one coaching with workshop facilitators Impact Hub Ottawa Coaches
  • Group Wellness Circles
  • A community of social innovators & entrepreneurs available to connect at virtual networking events & on our private Slack channel
  • Discounts & perks with local businesses
  • A dedicated team of staff who are here to support you on your newcomer journey

If you’re a participant and haven’t signed up for your membership, reach out to and we’ll set you up. We can’t wait to welcome you to our community!

Looking for more information on the program or how to support Newcomers in Ottawa by partnering with us? Reach out to

This program was made possible with the support of: