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
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
I was happy to see integration to Algonquin territory and indigenous culture related programming in 2014 WOW. Please continue to involve local Aboriginal organisations and…

Linda Manning
WOW 2014 participant, Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa
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
In our city’s history, immigrants have always played an important role. They build our economic prosperity, diversify our culture, contribute to our social vitality.

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa
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
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 Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
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
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

Call for Concepts to Increase Awareness and Take-up of the Canada Learning Bond

January 10, 2018

The Government of Canada recently launched a Call for Concepts to seek innovative ideas to generate awareness of the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) to increase take-up by low-income families.

The CLB consists of up to $2,000 that the Government of Canada deposits directly into a Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) for children from low-income families, born on or after January 1, 2004, to help pay for their post-secondary education. This includes $500 for the first year of eligibility and $100 each following year, until the calendar year they turn 15.

They are seeking project submissions from community-based organizations for new and/or innovative approaches intended to increase awareness and take-up of the CLB. The Call for Concepts will give preference to projects that emphasize hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, such as Indigenous children, and projects that address the challenges faced by those seeking to open an RESP. A total of up to $7 million over the next three years will be awarded to organizations to implement the chosen concepts.

This Call for Concepts is open until January 16, 2018.

For more detailed information, please visit Call for Concepts to Increase awareness and take-up of the Canada Learning Bond.