2020 Mochitsuki Cancellation

For the past 42 years, friends and family of the Japanese Canadian community in Ottawa have gathered at the OJCA-OJCC Mochitsuki to celebrate the upcoming New Year with food, activities and performances from local talent. Unfortunately, we must officially announce the cancellation of this year’s Mochitsuki due to the current COVID-19 situation.

We look forward to celebrating together with you next year! In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page for fun holiday-themed content.

We wish you all a fun and safe holiday!

Statement on Black Lives Matter

The OJCA supports the call for an end to the violence against Black people, as well as all racialized and Indigenous peoples.  As a member organization of the NAJC, we echo their statement:

“We protest the racism experienced by Black Canadians and Americans which has all too often included their deaths at the hands of law enforcement. We question how this could happen especially in their homes, and jogging and driving in their neighbourhoods. We need to understand and check our privilege. We need to learn more about the history of our country and the challenges faced by Black Canadians. We need to have the hard conversations to do better at home, at schools, at our workplaces, and in our communities.”

Please read the full statement below:

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COVID-19 Community Support Update

The OJCA is wishing you health, safety and wellness during this trying time and hope you are not facing too many difficulties.

If however, you are in need of help and community support for: grocery delivery; mental health and isolation; or any other issue you can now reach out to the OJCA via our new COVID-19 Outreach email:

help@ojca.ca

We will do our best to field your questions and concerns and connect you with community resources and volunteers who can help you!

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COVID-19 Community Update

Keeping our community members healthy and safe is of utmost importance to us. Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus we will be postponing any upcoming OJCA/OJCC activities in March/April, including our annual Bazaar. We will provide updates as things progress.

For now, we wish to provide you with information that will be useful to you during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Measures

We encourage everyone to follow advice from public health agencies.

The coming days and weeks may bring tough challenges. We hope that everyone takes care and stays healthy.