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
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
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
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 OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
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
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
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

Equity Policy and Funding News

September 28, 2017

The Ontario government released A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan in March 2017. The plan outlines how the government will advance racial equity in Ontario by introducing an anti-racism approach to policy, program development and assessment across ministries. Implementation of the strategy will begin this year, and will include child welfare, justice, education and health and mental health.

On June 1, 2017, Ontario passed The Anti-Racism Act, 2017 , establishing the provincial Anti-Racism Directorate and the anti-racism strategy in law, and enabling the government to implement race data collection and an anti-racism impact assessment tool.

Ontario’s Child, Youth and Family Services Act and Youth Action Plan are intended to strengthen accountability, responsiveness and accessibility of child and youth services, and improve outcomes for youth. The Ontario Black Youth Action Plan is directed at increasing supports and services for Black children, youth and families in order to address systemic, race-based disparities. Black Youth Action Plan initiatives will include access to higher education and skills development, mentoring and parenting programs, prevention, and community outreach. Investments for the four-year, $47 million plan will focus on Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Ottawa and Windsor. More information on the application process is available on the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Service’s website.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund is another source of funding for youth initiatives. It provides grants and capacity-building support to youth-led grassroots groups and collaboratives, for initiatives that address barriers and improve outcomes related to social and economic well-being. Groups of focus include newcomer, racialized, Francophone and Indigenous youth.