Our History

1950s: Catholic Immigration Bureau (CIB) was established under the Catholic Family Services of Toronto.

1970’s-80’s: New Canadian Immigration Policy welcomed increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee arrivals in Toronto. CIB programs and services were expanded.

1982: CIB became a department of Catholic Charities, was renamed the Department of Immigrant and Refugee Services and began delivering services in Peel Region.

1984: CIB was re-established as an independent agency.

1985: CIB began coordinating the Refugee Sponsorship Program for the Archdiocese. Increasing diverse newcomers continued to arrive.

1995: The name of the agency was changed from Catholic Immigration Bureau to Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS).

2006: CCS went through a significant expansion of programs/services/locations

2009: The agency delivered services through nine locations (including two kiosks) in Brampton, Mississauga and Scarborough, in addition to 60+ community locations in the Greater Toronto Area. The organization increased almost threefold since 2006.

2009:  The Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQ LIP) was developed; CCS took on the role of lead agency for the program.

2012:  With the closure of two kiosks, the agency delivered services through seven locations.

2015: Expansion of the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) in response to increased interest in sponsoring Syrian refugees.