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’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
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 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
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
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
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
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


March 10, 2013
On October 1, 2012, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership hosted the first annual Ottawa Immigration Forum. The Forum took place in Ottawa, and theme was “Valuing and Leveraging Immigrant Contributions for Greater Prosperity, Vitality, and Inclusion.”

Welcoming Ottawa: Current Action on the Ottawa Immigration Strategy

March 9, 2013
The opening of the first annual Ottawa Immigration Forum recognized the significance of immigration to Ottawa’s continued growth and prosperity, while celebrating our city’s diversity, cultural vibrancy, and hospitality. The session was also an opportunity to take stock of the work that OLIP is doing to promote immigrant integration.

Honouring Immigrant Entrepreneurs

March 8, 2013
The first annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards were launched by the City of Ottawa on October 1, 2012 at the Ottawa Immigration Forum. These awards recognize the valuable contributions that immigrant entrepreneurs make to Ottawa’s prosperity through job creation, innovation, and global connectivity. It is hoped that this might inspire or encourage…

Leveraging Immigrants’ Contributions

March 7, 2013
A keynote speech by Diana MacKay and Michelle Parkouda of the Conference Board of Canada opened the second part of the Ottawa Immigration Forum. Their remarks highlighted the contributions that immigration makes to Canada’s innovation and global competitiveness. Next, participants heard from a panel of prominent champions promoting immigrant integration.…

Discussion Themes and Outcomes

March 6, 2013
Immigrants continue to face multidimensional integration challenges , which means that settlement in their newly adopted country can come with a very high “transition cost.” Forum participants discussed ways of improving supports to newcomers to enable faster transitions and, consequently, contributions to the Ottawa community in four specific areas…

Reflective Engagement

March 5, 2013
To highlight the diverse ways that immigrants contribute to our society, a range of social and cultural activities were planned for participants at the Ottawa Immigration Forum. Using a variety of mediums, these sessions provoked thinking about our similarities and differences and the richness that results from our diversity, while stimulating exchange…

World Voices

March 4, 2013
Entertainment at the Ottawa Immigration Forum reflected the cultural heritage that immigrants bring to Ottawa and which enriches citizens’ culinary, musical, and leisure choices. Special Performance by the Brookfield World Voices Choir The