Our mandate is to promote the Jamaican culture by:
- liaising and partnering with various levels of government and other community
- maintaining contact with the government of Jamaica through its official representatives; and
- the development of the Jamaican community through social and cultural programs.
About The Jamaican Ottawa Community Association (JOCA)
The vision of the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association Incorporated (JOCA) is to
enhance the quality of life for the Jamaican Community and the wider Afro-Caribbean and
Canadian communities in Ottawa. We strive to promote various services for our youth and
seniors. The youth are our future and the seniors are our link to our heritage.
The purpose of the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association Incorporated is to provide and organize supportive
services and activities for persons of all ages and abilities who are members of the organization or their families and to
do so in a manner that welcomes the community at large and where such services and activities will assist everyone in
living healthy and complete lives as contributing members of Canadian society.
This support will enhance the quality of life for the Jamaican Community and the wider Afro-Caribbean and Canadian
communities in Ottawa. We strive to promote various services for our youth and seniors. The youth are our future and the
seniors are our link to our heritage.
Aims and Objectives of J(O)CA
In keeping with the Corporations’ purpose, the aims and objectives of J(O)CA are:
a. To promote amity, unity and loyalty among Jamaicans in the Ottawa area and its environs, and to develop
and maintain closer relations between Jamaicans and Canadians.
b. To establish and maintain official contacts with the Government of Jamaican through any of its official
c. To better acquaint other nationalities with the Jamaican culture.
d. To be active as a group with an effective voice in the affairs of the community and to cooperate with other
national groups, and especially with groups with whom we share ethnic and cultural traditions, in pursuing common
aims and objectives.
e. To establish and maintain official contacts with other Jamaican Associations, and other groups with whom
we share common objectives
f. To establish a centre for social and cultural activities
g. To give advisory assistance to Jamaican immigrants, and to others we feel are genuinely able to help and
to provide general information (written or otherwise) to the community within the limits of this bylaw.
h. To provide a forum for Jamaicans and others to participate in activities promoting the aims and objectives
of the Corporation.
Read more about JOCA's By-Laws.