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 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
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 were pleased to be part of 2014WOW and discuss how we could make sports more inclusive for Ottawa’s immigrant population.  We received wonderful ideas.    

Kelly Robertson
Manager, City-wide Recreation Programs, City 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
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
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
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
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
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

Report Released Highlighting Prevalence of Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa

February 23, 2017
(Ottawa – February 23, 2017) – According to a report entitled Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa released today by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), the struggle against anti-Black racism in the nation’s capital is far from over. This report summarizes the findings of a forum co-hosted…

2017 Welcoming Week Ottawa

February 17, 2017
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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…

In Memoriam: Lucya Spencer

February 15, 2017
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It is with profound sadness that we at OLIP learned today of the passing of Lucya Spencer. Lucya was a great friend, colleague, and leader who worked tirelessly on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We wish to express our deepest condolences to…

OLIP Partners Refreshed the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS)

December 22, 2016
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The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) was created in 2009 by the City of Ottawa and LASI (Local Agencies Serving Immigrants). After extensive consultations involving numerous Ottawa-based institutions and stakeholders, the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS) was released in June 2011. At the same time, machinery was introduced for thinking,…

New Funding to Scale Up the Equity Project

December 15, 2016
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In September 2016, Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded a grant to enable OLIP’s Equity Project to explore Collective Impact for equity and diversity in Ottawa. This $20,000 “Stage 1” Collective Impact grant will enable the Equity partnership to engage with new stakeholders, including service provider organizations and affected communities; gather…

Equity in Education: A New Collective Impact Initiative

December 15, 2016
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Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Innoweave has allowed Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) to emulate the successful Pathways to Education Program by mobilizing and connecting existing capacities in the Banff-Ledbury and Confederation Court neighborhoods, in order to create the wrap-around supports that form the basis…

Planning for the Health & Wellbeing Needs of Immigrant Seniors

December 15, 2016
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The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre have partnered with the OLIP Secretariat to: Engage and listen to immigrant seniors’ health and wellbeing challenges and needs as well as their experiences when seeking health services; Identify gaps in services that meet the unique needs of immigrant…

Shifts in the Leadership of OLIP Sector Tables

December 15, 2016
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Three OLIP Sector Tables have seen changes in their chairpersonship due to retirement, with key sector leaders replacing the retiring OLIP chairs, shown in the table below.   Sector Retiring Chair Replacements Health & Wellbeing Sector Table Jack McCarthy, former ED, Somerset West Community Health Centre Leslie McDiarmid, ED, South East…