My nomination is an indication that our hard work in building Canada is recognized. All we do is to serve the community in return for embracing us when we needed it.  

Mehdi Mahdavi
Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards Nominee
The OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
The target beneficiary of the work of OLIP is the whole community. In this short period we have planted together important seeds for Ottawa’s development.   

Dick Stewart
OLIP Council Chair
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
The WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
I’m really impressed with the level of energy and commitment around the Health and Wellbeing table and look forward to continuing collaboration between OLIP and OPH.

Marcela Tapia
Ottawa Public Health
The City of Ottawa will continue to play a lead role in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, just as we did in the founding of OLIP.

Steve Desroches
City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa
Great to be part of 2014 WOW.  The Algonquin College indeed welcomed the World yesterday, with 150 immigrants attending from Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, Brazil and more!

Algonquin College
WOW 2014 Planning Committee
OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board

2017 Welcoming Week Ottawa

February 17, 2017

Welcome to the Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) 2017 portal! Here you can find news about the fifth annual WOW, information about the planned events and a list of community partners and sponsors.

WOW is an annual, week-long series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa to newcomers. It provides opportunities for quality interactions among residents, long-term and new.

Learn more about WOW’s history.

This year, WOW will pay special tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary by soliciting and promoting events that:

  • reflect on the less told history and contributions of immigrants and how these have shaped our city, neighbourhoods, schools, classrooms or workplaces; or
  • bring attention to on-going efforts to build bridges of connectivity, solidarity, and shared civic identity among Ottawa residents with diverse backgrounds.

What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary than by hosting an event that brings together Ottawa’s newcomers and long-time residents!

Not sure where to begin? Here are some suggestions for topics for WOW events.

Already planning a Canada 150 event? Make it a little more diverse by adding a WOW component.

Register your WOW event. Registration Deadline for WOW events is April 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Event Criteria:  to be part of WOW 2017, your event must happen between June 20 and 30, 2017, be inclusive of immigrants and involve a topic related to immigrant integration.

Social Media:  Please use #WOW17, #SAO17, #Ottawa, #CndImm and @OLIP-PLIO on social media to highlight WOW 2017.

Questions:  please contact Hodan Egale,, Tel:  613-232-9634, ext. 385.

Last year we had 65 events and we expect WOW to be even better and bigger this year. Together we can make Ottawa Canada’s most welcoming city!

WOW Brochure
WOW Logo
Ideas for WOW Events

2017 WOW Chairs


Two well-known Ottawa immigrant champions – Louisa Taylor and Sarah Onyango are the honorary Co-Chairs of the 2017 WOW Campaign. Together they will promote WOW initiatives throughout the week of June 20-30. The planned events and discussions are expected to increase awareness and leverage creative solutions for overcoming the remaining challenges in welcoming and integrating immigrants into our community. Read the biographies of Louisa Taylor and Sarah Onyango to find out what inspired them to chair 2017 WOW.