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
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
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
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
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
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
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

ONHC: Sustainable Funding Required to Meet Growing Demand

October 21, 2022
Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre (ONHC) was found in 2008 to provide clinical services to refugees and newcomers. At the time, it was operating one half-day per week. Since then, it has evolved into a full-packaged wrap-around healthcare service for newcomers in Ottawa and the demand keeps growing. The Centre offers four services: Bridge primary healthcare…

CAWI: Making Voices Count

September 2, 2021
Making Voices Count (MVC) brings together grassroots community leaders and local organizations to work with local decision-makers and advocate for progressive systemic change in Ottawa. Led by the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), in partnership with the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres…

Supporting Seniors to Age at Home

August 6, 2021
The Economic and Social Council of Ottawa Carleton (CÉSOC), in partnership with Jewish Family Services Ottawa and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, offers supports for immigrant francophone seniors to enable them to safely age at home through the program Healthy Aging. It comprises of culturally and linguistically appropriate services offered…

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

July 7, 2021
Across the National Capital Region, there are several organizations that support newcomers in different ways. Labour market integration for immigrants in regulated professions can be quite complex.  The process can be lengthy, costly and intimidating. The Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) created in January 2019 to support their clients…

New Talent Recruitment Innovation

June 2, 2021
By Caroline Gauthier Are you experiencing labour shortages? The Centre for entrepreneurial and professional development at La Cité College has implemented a pathway to employment integration through training that is tailored to the needs of business. This model addresses the specific skillset required by candidates to fulfill various job opportunities. At…

Walk-in Counselling Clinic: Making Mental Health Services More Accessible

April 30, 2021
The Ottawa walk-in counselling clinic’s mission is to help Ottawa residents with issues that are oppressing them by bringing them immediate access to mental health counselling services. The program is operated by different community partners operating in eight locations in Ottawa and three locations in the surrounding area (Cornwall, Deep River and…

Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition: Supporting ACB Population’s Mental Health

April 30, 2021
By Papa Ladjiké Diouf The African Caribbean Black (ACB) population in Ottawa and across the country had suffered and continues to suffer from psychological, emotional and social injuries resulting directly from policies of inequality, racism, segregation and oppression, as was documented by the United Nations Expert Working Group on People of African…

OPH Initiatives on Mental Health

April 30, 2021
By Manar El Malmi Since the beginning of the COVID-19 response, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has continued to work with school boards, hospitals, mental health and substance use partners, community partners, multicultural and racialized community partners and the general community in the area of mental health promotion, suicide prevention and reducing…

OLIP Launches Next Phase of the Equity Ottawa Initiative

March 25, 2021
On Monday, March 22nd, OLIP launched a new Phase of the Equity Ottawa initiative, at a gathering of more than 30 OLIP partners and on the occasion of the International Day of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. “While the International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination has its roots in apartheid South…