Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

Alex Munter, Chair of the OLIP Council and President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
The work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor 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
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
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 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
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
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
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

Equitable Service Planning & Delivery: A NEW Toolkit

July 12, 2023
This new toolkit is designed to assist service provider organizations to plan and deliver services that are relevant and accessible to immigrants and racialized populations.  The Equitable Service Planning & Delivery Toolkit was commissioned by OLIP, developped by QuakeLab with extensive input from the members…

OLIP’s Equity Ottawa Partnership: Phase IV Accomplishments

April 13, 2023
As Phase IV of Equity Ottawa is coming to an end, we reflect on the important progress the Equity Ottawa Partnership has made to cultivate equitable and inclusive organizations. During Phase IV of the Partnership’s work, which ran for two and half years (January 2021 to May 2023), we focused on supporting partner organizations’ action strategies…

OLIP @ the Metropolis Conference: Immigration Policy and Practice: Lessons from a Pandemic

April 13, 2023
By Muna Osman This past March, OLIP participated and presented at the 25th Metropolis Canada Conference in Ottawa to commemorate 25 Years of Conversation on Migration: Our Legacy, Our Future. The conference was the largest gathering of policymakers, researchers, and non-profits in the immigration sector with more than 1200 participants, 180 sessions,…

City of Ottawa Embarks on New Economic Development Strategy

February 17, 2023
The City of Ottawa is developing a new Economic Development Strategy. The strategy will support and advance Ottawa’s economic growth and resiliency by addressing the challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic economy. It will also build upon well-established partnerships and programs and prioritize and guide the City’s future investments…

OLIP Welcomes Dominique Dennery as Chair of the Partnership

December 23, 2022
Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) is pleased to announce that Dominique Dennery has joined us as the Chair of our Partnership, effective Monday, December 19, 2022. Born in Haiti, Dominique came to Ottawa at the age of three. A Black Canadian fluently bilingual in both official languages, she grew up immersed in immigrant communities in the…

OLIP Partners’ Annual Summer Gathering

September 15, 2022
The OLIP Partnership Council met on June 27th, 2022 – on Canada’s Multiculturalism Day – to review annual progress and plan for key milestone envisioned for the reminder of the current operational cycle: July 2022 – November 2023. Among the progress partners reviewed are new alignment of the City of Ottawa’s work with OLIP’s priority goals,…

Covid-19 Update: Vaccine for Children Under 5 Years Old

July 27, 2022
The province has announced that as of Thursday July 28th, parents and care givers will be able to book appointments for children aged six months to under five years for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also be able to schedule their second booster at least six months or 168 days after their first booster. Appointments…

WOW Is Back After a 2-Year Pause and Is Going Regional!

June 22, 2022
Ottawa, June 20, 2022 – The eighth annual Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) was launched today. With more than 50 events scheduled to take place, WOW is designed to build connectivity, solidarity, and a shared civic identity between newcomers arriving from all over the world and long-time residents.    Back…

The Federal Government Announces 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan

February 16, 2022
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s plans to welcome 1,329,700 permanent residents over the next three years. For this year alone, Canada plans to welcome 431,645 permanent residents. Overall, the 2022-2024 immigration levels plan sees an increase of almost 11% compared to 2021-2023 levels plan which targeted to…