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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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

COVID-19 Updates

April 21, 2020

OLIP is supporting its partners, stakeholders and the community during the COVID pandemic in the following four ways:

  1. accelerating information flow between partners;
  2. convening weekly meetings to mobilize and coordinate actions focused on mitigating the health risks facing immigrants and racialized populations;
  3. contributing to LASI’s Operational Table to retool settlement services during the pandemic, and to the City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force;
  4. collecting data and research in support of collaborative initiatives.

Below is a collection of useful information resources (some are available in multiple languages).   More information will be added over time. Please circulate them widely within your communities.

Governments’ COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Prevention

Services & Programs

Resources for Learning at Home

A variety of engaging and fun, high-quality resources are made available online so that students can continue to learn during this time of crisis.

School Boards’ Resources

Other Resources

Mental Health Support

Health Care

  • Changes to OHIP
    The Government of Ontario has instructed all hospitals in the province to not deny anyone access to health services because they’re uninsured during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals are advised to bring this information with them to the hospital (take a screenshot or write the link on a piece of paper) in case some healthcare professionals are not aware of the changes. 
  • Ontario Calls on all Health Care Workers to Help Fight COVID-19
    The Ontario Government has launched an online portal to match health care workers (including those trained abroad) with employers so they can assist in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Financial Support