Virtual Immigrant Heritage Tours

Do you know the history of immigration to Ottawa? Don’t miss the virtual guided neighbourhood tours designed to showcase the contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural and economic development of Ottawa neighbourhoods. Read more.

Yasir Naqvi Appointed OLIP’s New Chair

Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Yasir Naqvi as the new Chair of OLIP. Yasir succeeds Alex Munter who served as OLIP Chair since 2016. Read more.

OLIP Statement on Anti-Black Racism

In light of the recent events in the United States and many other cases in Canada, OLIP has issued a statement condemning racism of any form and shape. Read more.

COVID-19 Updates

OLIP is committed to supporting its partners, stakeholders and the community in which it serves during these unsettling times. Learn more.

Understanding immigrant seniors’ needs and priorities for health care

Being foreign-born has been shown to impact both the health status of residents and their experience in accessing and utilizing health care services. This report, authored by Vivien Runnels, draws from an extensive engagement of immigrant seniors and their caregivers, as well as health care service providers in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) region of Ontario, to define immigrant seniors’ health care needs and the challenges and constraints they encounter when seeking health services. The research was conducted collaboratively by OLIP and the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and funded by the Champlain LHIN. Read this report.

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Sector Table:
Economic Integration

The OLIP leaders sitting at the Economic Integration Sector Table tackle collaboratively the challenges surrounding the economic integration of immigrants. Together they developed and are implementing a comprehensive strategy and plans of action that simultaneously work with immigrants; employers; service providers; and the economic development sector as a whole.

Sector Table:

OLIP partners at the Education Sector Table aim to reduce the opportunity gap faced by immigrant students and particularly those living in low-income neighbourhoods with a high concentration of immigrant families. Through inter-sectoral collaboration, partners at this Sector Table are also working to create more...

Sector Table:
Health & Wellbeing

The Health and Wellbeing Sector Table works to improve physical and mental health outcomes for immigrants and refugees in Ottawa. Current initiatives focus on innovative service provision to ensure equity in health outcomes, including preventive measures through health literacy capacity-building and capitalizing on the unique...

Sector Table:

OLIP partners at the Language Sector Table address challenges related to training in both official languages and develop timely and specialized interpretation services to support access to critical human services. The work of this Sector Table is responsive to Ottawa’s status as a bilingual city where...

Sector Table:
Socio-civic Integration

The Socio-civic Integration Sector Table’s current initiatives stem from the combined priorities of settlement and integration capacity development strategies outlined in the Ottawa Immigration Strategy. Specific initiatives focus on organizational learning to build service providers’ capacity to serve immigrants and foster immigrant –friendly policies and...

Who We Are

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) is a multi-sectoral partnership involving 60 local organizations working on a shared vision and common priorities designed to build local capacity to attract, settle, and integrate immigrants in five sectors: Education; Economic Integration; Health and Wellbeing; Language; and Socio-Civic Integration….

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What We Do

OLIP’s mandate is to build community-wide capacity to attract, settle, and integrate immigrants. This mandate is fulfilled collaboratively by OLIP partners through three activity streams: collective planning, collaborative leadership, and coordinated action. Collective Planning OLIP’s collective planning establishes a common vision and direction and creates…

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OLIP’s Multi-level Governance: Facilitating Collaborative Leadership & Action OLIP’s governance structure supports community-wide leadership and action in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS) while providing a transparent mechanism for continued planning, learning, and adjustment. The premise of OLIP’s governance structure is that the goals set…

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The City’s Largest Mural, entitled Transformation, Unveiled in Lowertown

As you drive or walk along the far eastern part of Rideau Street or cross the Cummings Bridge between Lowertown and Vanier, it is hard not to notice the magnificent mural that adorns the south wall of an Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) building at 215…

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Multicultural Colours: Art Workshop with Immigrant and Community Seniors

Art helps people to get to know each other. By Iwona Buziak-Mohamed  On June 27, a group of immigrant and community seniors met at the McNabb Community Centre to spend a few hours making art and socializing. The room was full of energy and happiness. The objective of…

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