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
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
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
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
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
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 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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

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
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
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

Forum Overview

July 18, 2013
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On June 27th, the 2nd Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum convened at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.  This year, the Forum was part of the inaugural Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) – a new initiative launched by OLIP and championed by the Mayor of Ottawa; and addressed the theme: “The Building Blocks…

Keynote Speech by Gerry Clement

July 18, 2013
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The forum keynote speech was delivered by Gerry Clement, former Assistant Deputy Minister of Manitoba Labour and Immigration; and one of the principal architects of Manitoba’s highly successful strategy for attracting and retaining newcomers. The speech, named after the Forum theme:…

Moderated Panel Discussion on Attraction and Retention of International Students in Ottawa

July 18, 2013
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International students constitute a major area of migration growth in Ottawa. At the end of 2012, the number of active international student visas in force, over 8,500, exceeded the intake of immigrants for that same year by some 2,500. Current domestic and international policy directions support the idea of students as a ‘preferred’ immigration…

Video interviews with Forum participants by Youth Futures students

July 17, 2013
Youth Futures interview Forum participants
Mingling through the crowd during the break times, young students of the Youth Futures program interviewed Forum participants to solicit their views on the main themes of the Forum: Is Ottawa a welcoming city? Should Ottawa seek to attract more international students? What organizations would need to collaborate to make Ottawa a more welcoming environment? The…