Our History

The Canadian Centre for Community Advancement also referred to as 3CA is the tradename for the Ogaden Somali Community Association of Ontario (OSCAO). 3CA is a not-for-profit federally registered Canadian charity which was formed in 1992. It was founded by a group of dedicated Canadian citizens whose main objective, at the time, was to help the community members and newcomers settling in Canada, many of whom were displaced by what was at the time the African continent’s longest war. The 3CA has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of providing much needed community services such as resettlement services, skills development for adults and youth, seniors support programs, recreational sports for youth, and English language classes for both the Somali community members and new immigrants and refuges from different parts of the world who now call Ontario home.

Our Mission

The mission of the Canadian Center for Community Advancement (3CA) is to promote and advance the health, social well-being and the welfare of the Somali Community by providing much needed community and settlement services, with the ultimate goal of building a healthy and a vibrant community whose members can successfully settle and effectively integrate into the wider Canadian society.