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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Ottawa Public Library is Celebrating Cultures with WOW!

June 24, 2014
The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is promoting Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) 2014, in conjunction with many of our Celebrating Cultures events! We are proud to support WOW by hosting two documentary screenings: “Cricket and the Meaning of Life” at the St-Laurent branch on Monday June 23rd from...

WOW – what a beginning!

June 24, 2014
By Louisa Taylor, WOW 2014 honorary Co-Char What a fantastic start to Welcoming Ottawa Week 2014! On Monday we launched at City Hall,with Mayor Jim Watson and more than 100 supporters on hand to celebrate on a beautiful sunny morning. We ate,…

211 Eastern Region is proud to support 2014 WOW

June 20, 2014
211 Eastern Region is a proud supporter of Welcoming Ottawa Week, which will take place from June 23 to 28, 2014. We are supporting WOW this year by conducting a week-long social media campaign to promote WOW events throughout the community and social services sector. By Raising Connectivity Through 211 we aim to increase linkages between social service…

Potpourri of multicultural events for WOW 2014

June 19, 2014
Summer is a wonderful time to be in the nation’s capital – and it is not just the warm weather and tulips that beckon everyone outdoors. There are several festivals that cater to just about every community, and of course, Canada Day celebrations on the Hill draw thousands of Canucks to celebrate the bonds that are unique to us from coast to coast. There…

Is Ottawa Welcoming to Immigrants?

June 4, 2014
“Is Ottawa a truly welcoming city?” This question is top-of-mind in the run up to WOW 2014. Ottawa does a fairly good job – perhaps, as good a job as most other Canadian cities – but, clearly, more can be done. Evidence suggests Canada’s capital city is not attracting as many immigrants as other Canadian cities. Let’s take a moment to ponder…

Stranger in the Land

May 26, 2014
By Pamela George Packing your bags, bidding goodbye to friends, family and the mores you have known until then, and pitching your tent in a faraway country where everything is alien to you, is surely one of life’s most daunting challenges. Talk to any immigrant to Canada – recent arrivals or old-timers – they will have a story or an anecdote of…