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

November 13, 2018
Transformation – The Welcoming Ottawa Mural 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 Wurtemburg Street. Transformation:  The Welcoming…

Welcoming Ottawa Mural Begins to Take Shape – By the Community for the Community

September 10, 2018
During the summer of 2018, a group of dedicated artists and community members gathered in Lowertown to begin painting a beautiful Welcoming Ottawa Mural. With each brush stroke the participants formed bonds, nurtured inspiration and began creating the palette of a transformative mural in our city. The goal of this mural is to celebrate Ottawa’s diversity,…

Everyone should find an “Ama”

June 14, 2018
“When you start your university experience as a first-year international student, it may seem like you carry the burden of the world on your shoulders,” says Noura Doumbia a 20 year-old economics student from the Ivory Coast. “There is a crucial moment where you would like to be supported by relatives, but you are far away from home. During my…

Residents Learn about the Important Contribution of Immigrants to Ottawa

November 7, 2017
For the second year in a row, as part of Welcoming Ottawa Week (June 20 to 30, 2017), Ottawa residents took a journey through some of the city’s most unique and interesting neighbourhoods.The Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours, led by experienced guides, gave participants a taste of the sights and sounds of Chinatown, Little Italy and Lowertown. The…

Equity Ottawa

September 25, 2017
Equity Ottawa is a partnership of organizations working towards equity and inclusion of immigrants and racialized people. Our partners come from the social services, health, education, child welfare, youth, justice and municipal sectors. Equity Ottawa is co-led by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and Centretown Community Health Centre. Equity…