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 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 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
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 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
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 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

Forum Overview

December 30, 2021

The 6th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum was held on November 22 and 23, 2021 under the theme “Equity Matters in Ottawa: Policy, Practice and Potential” and over 380 OLIP partners and stakeholders participated. During the two half-day online forum, more than 20 speakers from across Canada reflected on the vulnerabilities experienced by immigrants and racialized populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, provided insights on their root causes, and shared ideas and opportunities for local action to improve equity in key areas. Numerous topics were discussed including:

  • Lessons learned from the pandemic and the way forward
  • Ottawa’s potential to achieve equitable outcomes
  • Impact of the new federal mandate on Ottawa
  • Role of municipalities in affecting positive change
  • Immigrants’ access to quality jobs and safe workplaces

The forum was co-hosted by the Government of Canada, City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health, Reseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’est de l’Ontario, Ottawa Health Team and Britannia Woods Community House.